About this object

Limestone fragment of raised relief carving representing a male Ptolemaic ruler's face looking left wearing a uraeus on his forehead. The small straight beard, high contours of relief and the uraeus coil are thought to be indicative of a date after Ptolemy II. There are traces of red paint on the face. It is likely to have been cut from a temple wall, although it has also been suggested this was a trial piece.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Architecture
  • Culture
    Ptolemaic
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    285 BC - 30 BC
  • Materials
    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
  • Date collected
    1934 before
  • Measurements
    160 mm x 205 mm x 45 mm
  • Note
    Sold as lot 65 at Sotheby's on 22 October 1934 (purchased by Mr Webb).
  • Related people
    Sotheby's (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Collector)

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Publications

  • Egyptian Treasures in Europe volume 4: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool

    Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)

    Author: Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)
    Publisher: Utrecht University
    Date: 2001
    Description: CD ROM with 1500 objects from World Museum's Egyptian collection, including some destroyed in World War Two. This is now available online: http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/default.aspx

  • 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.

Events

  • Sotheby's Auction House Sale 22 October 1934

    Start date: 1934-10-22
    End date: 1934-10-22
    Description: Sotheby's Sale

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1934-10-22
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1971
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Sotheby's

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1934-10-22
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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