About this object

Glazed steatite scarab ring the base of which bears the head of Hathor, uraei and the cartouche of Thutmosis III. Its back is composed of gold cloisons inlaid with stone. Set in a gold mount ornamented with twisted gold wire on its perimeter, the scarab has a midsection of green jasper and wing cases inlaid with red jasper.

Found with several pairs of earrings, finger rings, amulets, beads, and a large group of vessels in an undisturbed vaulted-chamber of a mid-Eighteenth Dynasty tomb containing eight burials (chamber 941 in Tomb Group 941-949 A’09).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    1479 BC - 1425 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Thutmose III)
  • Materials
    Gold; Steatite; Jasper
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Bequest of Lt. Col. John Raymond Danson
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
    1909
  • Measurements
    15 mm x 10 mm
  • Note
    Negative A539 in the archive of the Garstang Museum of Archaeology is an image of three rings with a pencil annotation 1043 A'09 beside one ring that is now in the British Museum (EA 65307). 1977.108.2 is also in this photograph and in Steven Sanpe's publication of Garstang's 1906-09 excavations at Abydos he includes 1977.108.2 as being from 1043 A'09 (Snape 1985, 387). However, in our archives 1977.108.2 is recorded as being from tomb 941 A'09 that Garstang refers to as one of the "gold-mounted scarabs" (Garstang 1909, 129).
  • Related people
    Edith Danson (Previous owner); Francis Chatillon Danson (Previous owner); John Raymond Danson (Previous owner); John Burges Eustace Garstang (Previous owner); Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • 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.

  • 'Excavations at Abydos, 1909: Preliminary Description of the Principal Finds' in Liverpool Annals of Archaeology and Anthropology volume 2

    Garstang, John

    Author: Garstang, John
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 1909
    Description:

  • 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.

  • Mortuary Assemblages from Abydos

    Snape, Steven Ralph

    Author: Snape, Steven Ralph
    Publisher: Liverpool University PhD Thesis
    Date: 1986
    Description: Publication of excavations at Abydos between the years 1906 and 1909 by Professor John Garstang of the Institute of Archaeology at Liverpool. These excavations were never published in anything like a complete or adequate form, and the objects unearthed by Garstang have, since their recovery, been widely scattered. The major part of this thesis is an attempt to reconstruct, as closely as was then possible, the work of 1906-1909.

  • 'Museum Acquisitions, 1978' in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology vol. 66

    Bourriau, Janine (editor)

    Author: Bourriau, Janine (editor)
    Publisher: Egypt Exploraration Society
    Date: 1980
    Description: A list of Egyptian antiquities acquired in 1978 by museums in the United Kingdom. The article contains a complete list of the Danson collection of Egyptian antiquities acquired by World Museum in 1977.

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.

  • Liverpool Excavations at Abydos 1906-1909

    Start date: 1906
    End date: 1906
    Description: Excavations carried out by Professor Garstang, on behalf of the Egyptian Excavations Committee, affiliated to the Univeristy of Liverpool Institute of Archaeology

Ownership

Previous owners

  • John Burges Eustace Garstang

    Owned from: 1909
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Francis Chatillon Danson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1926-07-03
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Edith Danson

    Owned from: 1926-07-03
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1950-08-03
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • John Raymond Danson

    Owned from: 1950-08-03
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1976-06-18
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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