About this object

A polished pebble stone probably used in conjunction with a palette for grinding eye-paint. Marked by the excavator in ink 'B17', a grave number which Petrie dated to Sequence Date 30 - 50. Excavated in Petrie's Predynastic cemetery B near the modern village of Abadiya (Abadiyeh), grave number B17 recorded by Petrie dated it to Sequence Date 30 - 50 and who described the grave as "the intact grave of an elderly man, contracted, head [facing south]; only 14 lower vertebrae were in line, the skull placed with its base against the upper vertebra, facing backwards, the jaw detached, in front of the face; one scapula and arm united, the other scattered. A jar by the head contained 36 scarab beetles, two-thirds full grown, a third small." ('Diospolis Parva', p. 32.).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period (Naqada I)
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Hiw-Semaina region
  • Date made
    4000 BC - 3500 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Committee of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1899
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Hiw-Semaina region
  • Date collected
    1898 - 1899
  • Measurements
    50 mm x 35 mm
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society ( Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • Diospolis Parva. The Cemeteries of Abadiyeh and Hu 1898-9

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
    Publisher: The Egypt Exploration Fund
    Date: 1901
    Description: Publication of the excavations directed by Flinders Petrie at the Hiw-Semaina region (Diopolis Parva) for the Egypt Exploration Fund.


  • Egypt Exploration Fund Excavations at Hiw-Semaina region, 1898 - 1899

    Start date: 1898
    End date: 1898
    Description: Excavations directed by Flinders Petrie at the Hiw-Semaina region (Diopolis Parva) for the Egypt Exploration Fund. The museum provided financial sponsorship towards the costs and received a share of the finds that the Egyptian authorities allowed to be exported outside of Egypt. The museum subscribed to the 1898-9 excavations and received 165 finds that were accessioned on 25 September 1899, accession series About 65 pottery jars and bowls were destroyed in World War Two. Sketches and descriptions, including tomb numbers, were made by Professor Eric Peet.


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