About this object

Square cutting of linen textile recorded as being from a mummy found by Flinders Petrie at Meidum in 1891. The mummy was taken to London but destroyed when the Royal College of Surgeons was bombed during the Second World War. The text on the back of the display card describes the mummy and that it was called Ra-Nefer. It also explains that the linen was not all of the same fineness and that the samples represent the different types.

A sample was taken for radio carbon dating as part of Oxford University's Egyptian Historical Chronologies Project, 2008. When calibrated, using the Oxcal computer program (v3.10) of C. Bronk Ramsey, using the new ‘INTCAL04’ dataset (Radiocarbon 46 (3), 2004), the age range was 2809 - 2500 BC (95.4% probability).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Old Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Meidum
  • Date made
    2613 BC - 2589 BC (Dynasty 4: Reign of Sneferu)
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Flaxman Charles John Spurrell
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Meidum
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    47 mm x 42 mm; 1 7/8 in x 1 5/8 in
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner); William Matthew Flinders Petrie (Previous owner); Flaxman Charles John Spurrell (Collector, previous owner)
  • Related documents/media


Previous owners

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