About this object

Part of a jar-seal of brown clay, bearing the impression of a seal rolled across the surface. There are impressions of 8 serekhs containing the name of Den, impression of fibre on interior (string or cloth) with a piece of fibre prerserved in the mud. Burnt all over except for one flat side. Marked 'T' in ink by the excavator indicating Tomb T, Petrie's 'Tomb of Den-Setui'.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Writing
  • Culture
    Early Dynastic Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    2950 BC (Dynasty 1: Reign of Den) about
  • Materials
    Clay
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Committee of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1901
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
    1901
  • Measurements
    63 mm x 144 mm x 55 mm
  • Note
    Burning would seem to be modern: 1960s record card says "charred in fire, May 1941", and Newberry's record card made before 1920 describes it as being "yellowish clay" with no mention of being burnt.
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • The Royal Tombs of the Earliest Dynasties. 1901. Part II

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Fund
    Date: 1901
    Description:

Events

  • Egypt Exploration Fund Excavations at Abydos 1899 - 1904

    Start date: 1899
    End date: 1899
    Description: Excavations directed by Flinders Petrie at Abydos for the Egypt Exploration Fund. The museum provided financial sponsorship towards the costs and received a share of the finds that the Egyptian authorities allowed to be exported outside of Egypt. The museum subscribed to the 1899-1900 excavations and received 179 finds that were accessioned on 24 September 1900, accession series 24.9.00.56-126 (mainly Early Dynastic finds from the Royal Tombs...) The museum subscribed to the 1900-1901 excavations and received 114 finds that were accessioned on 14 October 1901, accession series 14.10.01.1-53 (mainly Early Dynastic finds from the Royal Tombs but also Middle Kingdom finds from tombs D79 and D81). The museum subscribed to the 1901-1902 Abydos excavations and received 57 finds that were accessioned on 16 September 1902, accession series 16.9.02.1-57 (...)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Egypt Exploration Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1901-10-14
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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