About this object

Limestone figure-mould, square shaped and incised with a representation of a bennu-bird, a sacred bird associated with regeneration and the cults of the sun-gods Atum and Ra. The mould was probably used in the manufacture of Egyptian faience decorative inlays. The catalogue of Hilton-Price's collection notes the provenance as Bubastis.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Bubastis
  • Date made
    About 664 - 332 BC (Dynasty 26 - 30)
  • Materials
  • 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: Bubastis
  • Date collected
    Before 1973
  • Measurements
    45 mm x 160 mm x 150 mm
  • Related people
    Frederick George Hilton Price (Collector, previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Collector)

Where is this object from?

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  • A Catalogue of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Possession of F. G. Hilton Price Dir. S.A. (1897)

    Hilton Price, F G

    Author: Hilton Price, F G
    Publisher: Quaritch, Bernard
    Date: 1897


  • Sotheby's Auction House Sale 12 - 21 July 1911

    Start date: 1911-07-12
    End date: 1911-07-12
    Description: Sale of a large collection of Egyptian antiquities sold by Frederick George Hilton Price, an English banker and antiquary who formed a large collection of Egyptian antiquities.


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