About this object

Pottery jar, moulded with four heads of deities: two heads of Hathor, with her hair centrally parted and terminating in curls; and two heads between, possibly depicting Bat (?) with a long snout, slanting eyes and loop ears, wearing a centrally parted striated wig. One of several examples that were collected by Sir Henry Wellcome without archaeological provenance and all probably a forgeries by the same maker. Further research is required.

Purchased at Sotheby & Co., London, lot 149, 10 December 1931.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • 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
  • Date collected
    1931 before
  • Measurements
    108 mm x 80 mm
  • Note
    Compare with the design of a basalt mortar of Late Period date, Christie's Antiquities (New York), 18th December 1996, lot 52 (page 27)
  • Related people
    Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

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