About this object

Blue faience model of a cowrie shell with a representation of the cat-goddess Bastet standing in a shrine with a uraeus on a lotus flower on either side of her. The whole scene stands on a lotus flower and is surmounted by a winged disc? Colours blue, yellow and violet. Very fine technique. Pierced through the length for suspension.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1295 BC - 1069 BC (Dynasty 19 BC - 20 BC)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 14
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Rev. Greville John Chester, 1877
  • Collector
    John Greville Rev Chester
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    28 mm x 18 mm x 15 mm
  • Note
    Revd. Chester did not provide information about where he had acquired the object.
  • Related people
    Greville John Chester (Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • Catalogue of the Mayer Collection Part 1. The Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities. Second and Revised Edition

    Gatty, Charles

    Author: Gatty, Charles
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1879
    Description: 83 page illustrated catalogue of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian and Near Eastern collection that was on display. It also includes a small number of other collections, such as those given by Mr William Crosfield in 1861, some by Mr Charles Stoess in 1869, and others by Mr J. A. Tinne in 1870. Occasionally reference will be made to the provenance of objects, in particular if they are from the Joseph Sams or Lord Valentia collections. The woodcut illustrations were produced by the noted Victorian illustrator and engraver, Llewellynn Frederick William Jewitt FSA. Compared to Mayer's 1852 catalogue there are more detailed descriptions for inscribed objects such as stelae, giving names and titles and the character of the text. Much of this information was provided by Samuel Birch of the British Museum who visited the collections in March 1877.


Previous owners

  • Greville John Chester

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Collected
    Owned until: 1877-09-20
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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