About this object

Facsimile of an ivory figure of a pharaoh as a sphinx crushing the head of a captive. Excavated at Abydos (tomb 477) by Prof. John Garstang and the orginal is now in the British Museum (no. EA54678). Marked on the base NEOS (Greek for 'new'). There are three casts of this object in World Museum's collection.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    1985 BC - 1800 BC (Dynasty 12) about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Professor John Garstang
  • Collector
    John Garstang
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    30 mm x 20 mm x 60 mm
  • Note
    The British Museum has an online record for the original: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=111528&partId=1

    J. Garstang, 'An Ivory Sphinx from Abydos' JEA 14 (1928), 46-7.
    J. Bourriau, Pharaohs and Mortals, 136-8 (138).
  • Related people
    John Burges Eustace Garstang (Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • 'An Ivory Sphinx from Abydos' in Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 14

    Garstang, John

    Author: Garstang, John
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1928
    Description: J. Garstang, 'An Ivory Sphinx from Abydos' JEA 14 (1928), 46-7.


Previous owners

  • John Burges Eustace Garstang

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1949
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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