About this object

Limestone ostracon, inscribed on both sides with a continuous text. Cost of work done on various pieces of furniture - a form of a receipt from a workshop, listing objects produced and their values. Many of these objects are actually funerary in nature, 2 outer anthropoid coffins, 1 inner anthropoid coffin (with a difficult comment apparently dealing with repairs made) and 1 shabti box. There are, intermixed, a number of other items not necessarily funerary. The verso continues the listing with blue pigment and another coffin (this time not specified as to whether it was an inner or outer and so probably intended as a one-piece set rather than a two-piece set. There is then the total (112 deben of copper) with a comment that this is without the pigment or the coffin (seemingly therefore the two items mentioned on the verso).

Black ink inscription on recto (9 lines) and on verso (7 lines).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom (Ramesside Period)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Deir el Medina
  • Date made
    1186 - 1069 BC (Dynasty 20)
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Deir el Medina
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    141 mm x 90 mm x 15 mm
  • Note
    Transcription on Newberry and Peet catalogue cards.
    In1873 Samuel Birch, of the British Museum, examined it and described it as "a list of objects, their material and condition with their values attached, and other observations. The worth reckoned by ten or pounds" (MS 7 November 1873). Borrowed by Professor J. Černy for study at the Griffith Institute, Oxford University (returned 17 July 1952).
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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