About this object

Fragment of a round shaped pigment cake of Egyptian Blue, originally with a diameter of about 200 mm.
Broken into a quarter and some surface dirt. From the Egypt Exploration Society 1931/32 excavations at Amarna (no find number recorded, just the season).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date made
    1352 - 1336 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Akhenaten)
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    15 mm x 105 mm x 90 mm
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Collector)

Where is this object from?

Explore related


  • Aspects of Technology and Trade in Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean During the Late Bronze Age

    Thomas, Susanna

    Author: Thomas, Susanna
    Publisher: University of Liverpool
    Date: 2000
    Description: Unpublished Ph.D. thesis.


  • Petrie's Excavations at Tell el Amarna, 1891-2

    Start date: 1891
    End date: 1891
    Description: Petrie excavated parts of the city in a winter season between 1891-2. At this time Petrie's fieldwork was largely being sponsored by two men: Jesse Haworth (1835-1921) and Henry Martin Kennard (1833-1911). Petrie gave some of his finds to his close friend, Flaxman Spurrell (1842-1915), whose collection was given to Norwich Castle Museum which was then purchased by Liverpool Museum in 1956. Spurrell's collection form Amarna contains many samples of pigments from houses in the city and artefacts associated with vitreous materials, such as glass rods and moulds for casting faience amulets and beads. For more information see Digital Egypt for Universities website: http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk/amarna/index.html


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Subscription to excavation
    Owned until: 1971
    Disposal method: Donated
  • Egypt Exploration Society

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