About this object

Flat based jar carved from hornblende diorite, with a flat-topped rim and two lug handles. The craftsman abandoned work on the jar, leaving the surface unpolished, lug-handles not fully shaped or pierced, and with a shallow and narrow unfinished interior (40 mm deep).

Ex William St Chad Boscawen collection (no. 1336); sold by Robert de Rustafjaell, 9-10 December 1907 (lot 63/2, pl. I.63).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Early Dynastic Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    2890 BC - 2686 BC (Dynasty 2)
  • Materials
    Hornblende Diorite
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Robert de Rustafjaell
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1906 before
  • Measurements
    104 mm x x 180 mm
  • Note
    Compare with Barbara Aston, Ancient Egyptian Stone Vessels Materials and Forms (Heidelberg, 1994), pl. 1 [c] (Ashmolean 1896-1908 E.19;
    Compare with Ali el-Khouli, Egyptian Stone Vessels Predynastic Period to Dynasty III (Mainz, 1978) no. 1470, pl. 1470.
  • Related people
    Robert de Rustafjaell (Collector, previous owner); William St Chad Boscawen (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Previous owner)

Explore related


  • 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.


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1913-06-24
    How acquired: From Henry Solomon Wellcome
    Owned until: 1971
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Solomon Wellcome

    Owned from: 1907-12
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1936-06-25
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Robert de Rustafjaell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1907-12
    Disposal method: Sold
  • William St Chad Boscawen

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