About this object

Medium sized half of a bivalve shell. Most likely to have been used in the preperation of cosmetic products.
1 of 10 shells from area M1 S - the Predynastic settlement near Mahasna. Part of a group of material that includes pottery, pottery spindle whorls, 3 bone pins and other miscellaneous items.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period (Naqada II)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Mahasna
  • Date made
    3500 - 3100 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Egyptian Research Account, 1901
  • Collector
    Egyptian Research Account
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Mahasna
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    18 mm x 46 mm x 75 mm
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner); Egyptian Research Account (Collector); John Burges Eustace Garstang (Associated Person)

Where is this object from?

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  • Mahasna and Bet Khallaf

    Garstang, John

    Author: Garstang, John
    Publisher: Egyptian Research Account
    Date: 1902
    Description: With a chapter by Kurt Sethe.


  • Egyptian Research Accoun Excavations at Mahasna 1900-1901

    Start date: 1900-11
    End date: 1900-11
    Description: Excavations directed by John Garstang of the University of Liverpool Institute of Archaeology on behalf of the Egyptian Research Account during the season 1900-1901, from the end of November to the beginning of May. Site of a cemetery of various periods and a Predynastic settlement. World Museum provided some financial support and in return received a share of the finds which were accessioned on 14 October 1901, however, most of these were destroyed in 1941 when the museum was bombed. The Garstang Museum of Archaeology (Liverpool University) has 40 glass negatives from this excavation. Bibliography: John Garstang, 'Tombs of the Third Egyptian Dynasty at Reqaqnah and Bet Khallaf' (London, 1904). John Garstang,' A pre-dynastic pot kiln recently discovered at Mashana in Egypt', Man vol. 2 (1902) pp.38-40.


Previous owners

  • Egypt Exploration Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1901-10-14
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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