About this object

Rectangular piece of inlay with undulated surface and part of a peg hole at one end. Burnt black. Many fragments of ivory like this were found by Flinders Petrie which must once have been inlay decoration of furniture such as chairs, beds and boxes.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Household Objects
  • Culture
    Early Dynastic
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    2900 BC (Dynasty 1: Reign of Semerkhet) about
  • Materials
    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: Umm el-Qaab
  • Date collected
    1899 - 1900
  • Measurements
    2.4 mm x 24 mm x 31 mm
  • Note
    1 of 6 pieces of ivory inlay in the museum from Tomb U, the tomb of King Semerkhet (Petrie's King Mersekha-Semempses).
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • The Royal Tombs of the Earliest Dynasties. 1901. Part II

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Fund
    Date: 1901
    Description:

  • The Royal Tombs of the First Dynasty. 1900. Part I.

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Fund
    Date: 1900
    Description:

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

  • 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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