About this object

Fragment of limestone with incised hieroglyphs in vertical columns displaying the cartouche of Pepy I and fragments of Pyramid Text spells 266, 533, 539. The Pyramid Texts are a group of magical spells carved within the corridors and burial chambers of pyramids to help the king reach the Afterlife.

The stone is inscribed on two sides and was originally part of the corner of a doorway. The hieroglyphs have traces of green pigment paste. The object was identified as coming from the antechamber of Pepy I's pyramid at Saqqara. It was acquired at Sotheby's London, 18 July 1919 lot 141.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Architecture
  • Culture
    Old Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphite Necropolis: Saqqara
  • Date made
    2321 BC - 2287 BC (Dynasty 6: Reign of Pepy I) about
  • Materials
    Paint; Limestone
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphite Necropolis: Saqqara
  • Date collected
    1919
  • Measurements
    255 mm x 129 mm x 64 mm
  • Related people
    Sotheby's (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Collector)

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Events

  • Sotheby's Auction House Sale 18 July 1919

    Start date: 1919-07-18
    End date: 1919-07-18
    Description: Sotheby's Sale

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Sotheby's

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1919-07-18
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1919-07-18
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1971
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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