About this object

Carved from a block of ebony and covered with a lid trimmed in ivory, this kohl tube of quadruple cylinder type with five separate wells was inscribed in sunk relief hieroglyphs on a plinth at the front for its male owner, the "wab priest of Amun in the second phyle, Neferemheb". Its ivory lid swivels horizontally on a single ebony knob. A connecting string wound around an ivory knob at the side of the block would attach the lid; the kohl stick also secured the lid as it passed through a hole in the cover into a tubular hole in the top of the block. Three metal staples at the side were doubtless to retain additional kohl sticks. The ivory lid is chipped and two bronze staples are missing. The tubes contain remnants of kohl. Joseph Mayer acquired this object from the Joseph Sams Collection no. 248, perhaps in 1850.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1550 BC - 1295 BC
  • Materials
    Wood; Tooth Ivory; Bronze
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    130 mm x 55 mm x 42 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner); Joseph Sams (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Explore related

Publications

  • 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: Catalogue of most 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 Jospeh Sams or Lord Valentia (ex Henry Salt) collections. There are illustrations of some objects, in particular the amulets, by Mr Ll. Jewitt, FSA. Compared to Mayer's 1852 cataloue there are more detailed descriptions for inscribed objects such as stelae, giving names and titles and the character of the text, provided by Samuel Birch of the British Museum who visited the collections in March 1877.

  • Egyptian Treasures in Europe volume 4: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool

    Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)

    Author: Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)
    Publisher: Utrecht University
    Date: 2001
    Description: CD ROM with 1500 objects from World Museum's Egyptian collection, including some destroyed in World War Two. This is now available online: http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/default.aspx

  • Egypt's Golden Age: The Art of Living in the New Kingdom 1558-1085 BC

    Brovarski, Edward, Doll, Susan K; Freed, Rita E (editors)

    Author: Brovarski, Edward, Doll, Susan K; Freed, Rita E (editors)
    Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    Date: 1982
    Description: Written as a catalogue to the exhibition, 'Egypt's Golden Age: The Art of Living in the New Kingdom 1558-1085 BC', organised by the Museum of Fine arts, Boston, USA. The exhibition toured the USA at 3 venues: Museum of Fine arts, Boston, 3 February - 2 May 1982; Houston Museum of Natural Science, 14 July - 19 September 1982; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 27 October 1982 - 2 January 1983. Objects were lent from 35 institutions and private collections.

  • 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.

  • 'The Provincial and Private Collections of Egyptian Antiquities in Great Britain' in Recueil de Travaux relatifs a la philologie et a l'archeologie egyptienne et assyriennes. Volume 10

    Edwards, Amelia

    Author: Edwards, Amelia
    Publisher: Libr. Honoré Champion
    Date: 1898
    Description: An article by Ameila Edwards of the Egypt Exploration Society published within the journal, 'Recueil de Travaux' edited by Maspero. Edwards describes the provenance of the collection and includes details, including copies of inscriptions for 11 objects. Read the article online at http://archive.org/stream/recueildetravaux10masp#page/120/mode/2up

Events

  • Egypt's Golden Age: The Art of Living in the New Kingdom 1558-1085 BC

    Start date: 1982-02-03
    End date: 1982-02-03
    Description: An exhibition organised by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA. The exhibition toured the USA at 3 venues: Museum of Fine arts, Boston, 3 February - 2 May 1982; Houston Museum of Natural Science, 14 July - 19 September 1982; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 27 October 1982 - 2 January 1983. Objects were lent from 35 institutions and private collections.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1850
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donated
  • Joseph Sams

    Owned from: 1839
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1850
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
No media found
Have 20 place tagsPage load time: 78 ms