About this object

Scarab bezel finger ring with inlay of semi-precious stones within gold cells (cloisonné) from a grave at Abydos. The scarab has a plain gold base with legs in high relief, wings and elytra set with coloured stones (inlay for the head is missing) remaining stones are carnelian, lapis lazuli and turquoise. Flat gold underside. The ring is slightly bent, with twisted gold wire to fix the scarab on either side.

Negative A539 in the archive of the Garstang Museum of Archaeology (Liverpool University) 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). Gold rings 1977.108.2 and 1977.109.3 are also in this photograph and in Steven Snape's publication of Garstang's 1906-09 excavations at Abydos he includes both 1977.108.2 and 1977.109.3 as being from 1043 A'09 (Snape 1985, 387). However, it is not certain if the photograph just indicates British Museum EA 65307 is from 1043 A'09. Our archives suggest 1977.108.2 is from 941 A'09 (Sir Francis Danson acquired this group from the estate of Hilton-Price). 1977.109.3 is not included with the 941 A'09 group and is more likely to be from a tomb with other Middle Kingdom material. On the museum record card it is recorded as being from 1037 A'09.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    2055 BC - 1795 BC (Dynasty 11 - 12)
  • Materials
    Gold; Cornelian; Lapis-lazuli; Turquoise
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Weston Discovery Centre
  • 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
    5 mm x 25 mm x 20 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

  • 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

  • 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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