About this object

Part of a square section hollow pen case. Incised text filled with turquoise blue pigment. Inscribed for Paser, with the cartouche of Ramesses II. Triangular fragment missing from front. From Cemetery D (tomb D44). The excavator, Arthur Mace, believed it was a penholder and found it in a much plundered and reused tomb (Abydos cemetery D, tomb 44). The vizier Paser was buried in Theban Tomb 106 and Professor Ken Kitchen speculated, that this may be an object dedicated for some afterlife cult of Paser at Abydos, in some small cenotaph burial. 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
    Writing
  • Culture
    New Kingdom (Ramesside Period)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    1279 BC - 1213 BC (reign of Ramesses II)
  • Materials
    Wood
  • 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
    1900
  • Measurements
    5 mm x 9 mm x 70 mm
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner); Arthur Cruttenden Mace (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

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Publications

  • El Amrah and Abydos 1899-1901

    Randall-MacIver, David and Mace, Arthur Cruttenden

    Author: Randall-MacIver, David and Mace, Arthur Cruttenden
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1902
    Description: Publication of the Egypt Exploration Society excavations at cemeteries in the Abydos and el Amrah region. With a chapter by F. Ll. Griffith.

  • Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in Liverpool Museum

    Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela

    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela
    Publisher: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
    Date: 1995
    Description: A 130 page illustrated book that focuses on the Egyptian antiquities in World Museum's collections to provide a colourful introduction to the land and its culture in the Pharaonic period. An appendix explains the history of the collection and includes information about the Lady Lever Art Gallery Egyptian collection, which is also part of National Museums Liverpool.

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

  • Arthur Cruttenden Mace

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Egypt Exploration Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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