About this object

Copper alloy situla with a handle of heavy wire passed through loops on the rim. The exterior is decorated in low relief with a procession of deities in two registers: the top register shows a baboon adoring a shrine boat and another boat. The lower register shows an altar bearing lotus before ithyphallic Amun, Isis and Nephthys holding wadj-sceptres, and another deity. Situla is a Latin word for bucket, and this object would have contained a liquid and be used during religious rituals in a tomb or temple.

Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, from Square H5, 'redim' H5-145 [797]. Surface treated by a conservator in 1969/70.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphite Necropolis: Saqqara
  • Date made
    332 BC - 30 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 1969
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphite Necropolis: Saqqara
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    102 mm x 32 mm
  • Note
    Dimensions include the raised handle.
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • The Temple Furniture from the Sacred Animal Necropolis at North Saqqara 1964-1976

    Christine Insley Green

    Author: Christine Insley Green
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1987
    Description: Publication of the excavations at north Saqqara directed by Walter Emery, Geoffrey Martin and Harry Smith for the Egypt Exploration Society 1964 - 1976. World Museum supported this fieldwork and received artefacts recovered from the fieldwork.


Previous owners

  • Egypt Exploration Society

    Owned from: 1966
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1969
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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