About this object

A butterfly-shaped wooden cramp once used to hold two building blocks together. It is inscribed in sunk relief: "good god Menmaatra", the throne name (prenomen) of the 19th Dynasty pharaoh Sety I. Objects with the name of the king on them were also thought to add strength and protection. It is possibly from a temple at Abydos. the width of the cramp at the centre is 77 mm. The object was acquired as lot 315 at Stevens Auction and Sales Rooms on 29 September 1908.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Architecture
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1294 BC - 1279 BC (Dynasty 19: Reign of Sety I)
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1908
  • Measurements
    64 mm x 106 mm x 386 mm
  • Related people

Ownership

Previous owners

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