Part of National Museums Liverpool
More than 2700 items from our internationally significant Egyptology collection. The full collection is one of the largest in the UK with over 16,000 items spanning from the Prehistoric (c. 5300 BC) to the end of the Byzantine Period (642 AD).
Currently on display in Ancient Egypt Gallery, Level 3, World Museum
What colour should the sand be? This was just one of the many things we had to think about when installing the pit burial case for the new Ancient Egypt gallery.
Author: Spurrell, Flaxman Charles John
Publisher: Royal Archaeological Institute
Description: In 1895 Spurrell published ‘Notes on Egyptian Colours’ which was a culmination of several papers he had contributed to the Royal Archaeological Institute in the early 1890’s, based principally on material from Flinders Petrie’s excavations (1895, 222-39). At this point Petrie had supplied Spurrell with a full range of colour samples from the Fourth Dynasty to the Roman Period. These 50 colours are typically held between two watch glasses and are from fairly securely dated provenances: Fourth Dynasty (Meidum and Dahshur), Twelfth Dynasty (Lahun), Eighteenth Dynasty (Amarna), New Kingdom (Gurob) and Roman Period (Hawara). Spurrell validates his study by stating that ‘Mr. Petrie’s specimens have the special value of being correctly dated’ and disputes some earlier studies that used museum samples with no specific contextual data. Following typical Victorian ideas of progress and cultural evolution Spurrell’s study chiefly aims to ‘mark chronological changes’ from the Fourth to Eighteenth Dynasties (1895, 222).
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