About this object

Fragment of an anorthosite gneiss vessel, probably a bowl. Inscribed with the 'nswt-bity-nbty' name of the Horus Anedjib, the successor of the Horus Den and probably the 6th ruler of the First Dynasty (about 2925 BC). Two hieroglyphs depict a bee and a sedge plant, usually translated as King of Upper and Lower Egypt and below this is the name 'mr-p-bjA', 'Merpebia'. Beside these hieroglyphs are two birds sitting on top of flags.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Early Dynastic Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    2925 BC (Dynasty 1)
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Bequest of Lt. Col. John Raymond Danson
  • Collector
    Francis Chatillon Danson
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
    1894 - 1898
  • Measurements
    150 mm x 70 mm
  • Note
    Sold at the sale of Émile Amélineau's collection, 8-9 February 1904 and therefore highly likely to be from Amélineau's excavations of the Royal Tombs at Abydos. Compare with W. M. Flinders Petrie, 'The Royal Tombs of the First Dynasty. 1900 Part I' (London, 1900) pl. VI, 8 W33 on pink gneiss; pl. VI,4 on red limestone; pl. V, 12 on red limestone. Petrie called this king Azab-Merpaba. Photographed using RTI technique and being published by Dr Kathryn Piquette.
  • Related people
    Émile Amélineau ( Previous owner); Edith Danson ( Previous owner); Francis Chatillon Danson ( Collector, previous owner); John Raymond Danson ( Previous owner); Walter Talbot Ready ( Previous owner)

Explore related


  • Extracts from my Notebooks in Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology vol 27

    Newberry, Percy

    Author: Newberry, Percy
    Publisher: Society of Biblical Archaeology
    Date: 1905
    Description: Article mentioning object 1977.112.296 when still in the possession of Francis Danson.

  • Museum Acquisitions, 1978 in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology vol. 66

    Bourriau, Janine (editor)

    Author: Bourriau, Janine (editor)
    Publisher: Egypt Exploraration Society
    Date: 1980
    Description: A list of Egyptian antiquities acquired in 1978 by museums in the United Kingdom. The article contains a complete list of the Danson collection of Egyptian antiquities acquired by World Museum in 1977.


  • Amélineau's excavations of the Royal Tombs at Abydos, 1894-1898

    Start date: 1894
    End date: 1894
    Description: First excavations of the Royal Tombs of the Early Dynastic Period at Abydos. Amélineau's collection was sold in Paris 8-9 February 1904.


Previous owners

  • John Raymond Danson

    Owned from: 1950-08-03
    How acquired: Inherited
    Owned until: 1976-06-18
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Edith Danson

    Owned from: 1926-07-03
    How acquired: Inherited
    Owned until: 1950-08-03
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Francis Chatillon Danson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1926-07-03
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Walter Talbot Ready

    Owned from: 1904-02-09
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1904-04-08
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Émile Amélineau

    Owned from: 1894
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1904-02-09
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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