About this object

Part of a hollow small square section of ivory which has been described as a pen case, but the identification is not certain. Incised with hieroglyphic inscription filled with turquoise blue pigment. Inscribed for a man called Paser, with the cartouche of King Ramesses II. Triangular fragment missing from front. The excavator, Arthur Mace, identified the object as a penholder after finding it in a much plundered and reused tomb (Abydos cemetery D, tomb 44). A vizier called Paser was buried in Theban Tomb 106 and Professor Kenneth Kitchen speculated, that this may be an object dedicated for some afterlife cult of Paser at Abydos, in some small cenotaph burial. Professor Kitchen translated the inscription as: "...who adorns the King in his holy form, Chief of Secrets in the Mansion of (the goddess) Neith, judge for the Lord of the Two Lands, Prefect and Vizier, Paser, justified, uniting with the earth." Text copied by Newberry and Peet on the record card.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom (Ramesside Period)
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    1279 BC - 1213 BC (reign of Ramesses II)
  • Materials
    Tooth Ivory
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Committee of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1900
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos Cemetery D
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    5 mm x 9 mm x 70 mm
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society ( Collector, previous owner)

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