About this object

Gilded bronze fly with two suspension holes at the head end. This type of pendant has been identified by some scholars as a medal, awarded by the king for military achievement, sometimes referred to as the ‘order of the golden fly’. However, there is still little evidence for this hypothesis.

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
    Bronze; Foil Gold
  • 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
    30 mm x 26 mm
  • 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

  • '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.

  • '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.

  • Pharao siegt immer. Krieg und Frieden im Alten Ägypten

    Petschel, Susanne; von Falck, Martin (editors)

    Author: Petschel, Susanne; von Falck, Martin (editors)
    Publisher: Druck Verlag Kettler
    Date: 2004
    Description: Catalogue of the 2004 exhibition 'Pharao siegt immer. Krieg und Frieden im Alten Ägypten'(in English 'Pharaoh always wins. War and Peace in Ancient Egypt').

Events

  • Pharao siegt immer. Krieg und Frieden im Alten Ägypten

    Start date: 2004-03-21
    End date: 2004-03-21
    Description: Th exhibition 'Pharao siegt immer. Krieg und Frieden im Alten Ägypten' (in English 'Pharaoh always wins. War and Peace in Ancient Egypt') was held at Gustav Lübcke Museum, Hamm, Germany. The museum loaned 7 Egyptian antiquities to this exhibition, displayed alongside other antiquities from museums across from Europeaand America. NML ref. no. AE LO 16/2002

  • 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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