About this object

Limestone rectangular block pierced at one end for a tethering rope to be passed through. Used to tether an animal in a stall. Carved into one side of the block is a cartouche containg a name of king Akenaten. Of the two tethering stones in the museum this is the largest and has the best preserved inscription. The object doesn't seem to match with the two inscribed tethering stones listed in the Amarna Small Finds Database (29/334 and 31/473).

The stone comes from a building units intended for the housing of different kinds of animals such as the North Palace. Similar tethering stones from Amarna are now in other museums: e.g., Brooklyn no. 25.886.18; Penn Museum E648B.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date made
    1352 BC - 1336 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Akhenaten) about
  • 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: Tell el Amarna
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    215 mm x 125 mm x 70 mm
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • The City of Akhenaten I

    Peet, Thomas Eric

    Author: Peet, Thomas Eric
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1933
    Description: Publication of the Egypt Exploration Society excavations carried out at Tell el Amarna between 1921 and 1936.


  • Egypt Exploration Society Excavations at Tell el Amarna

    Start date: 1921
    End date: 1921
    Description: Excavations carried out at Tell el Amarna by the Egypt Exploration Society between 1921 and 1936.


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1913-06-24
    How acquired: From Henry Solomon Wellcome
    Owned until: 1971
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Solomon Wellcome

    Owned from: 1913-06-24
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1936-06-25
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Egypt Exploration Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Excavated
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Donation
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