About this object

Forgery of a male figure wearing a collar of beads. His naked appearance would suggest this is a young boy rather than an adult male. Left leg is missing. Tenon on right foot for attachment to a base.

Without any archaeological provenance it is hard to not categorise this as a forgery. Previously in the collection of the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum with a label "3. Ivory statue from group. XIX Dyn". Source recorded as "from Mr Thompson's office, 1925", which is the same for about a dozen small sculptures like this. Further research is required. It is similar to some excavated examples of poor quality craftsmanship and so may well be genuine.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Materials
    Tooth Ivory
  • 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
    1925 before
  • Measurements
    110 mm x 25 mm
  • Related people
    Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Collector, previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

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