About this object

Swirled bead of black, blue and white glass name bead with hieroglyphic inscription around the sides and on the top with the throne name of Hatshepsut and the name of Senenmut, architect and Chief Steward of Amun. The inscription reads: "the perfect god, Maatkare, beloved of Hathor, resident in Thebes, who presides over Djeser-djeseru [and} the hereditary prince and steward Senenmut". Djeser-djeseru is the name of the queen's funerary temple at Deir el Bahri of which Senenmut is often described as the architect. This is also the site where two other name beads of this type were discovered during excavations carried out by Naville for the Egypt Exploration Fund, season 1893-4.

Compare with two examples in the British Museum (1896,0210.18-19) and one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (26.7.746).
Material described in 1878 by John Gardner Wilkinson as, "of a black and white colour, ... resembling glass, ... supposed to be agate"; and in 1879 by past curator, Charles Gatty, as "basalt with a small streak of quartz running through it".

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    1473 BC - 1458 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Hatshepsut) about
  • Materials
    Glass
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    11 mm x 19 mm x 18 cm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner); Henry Rev Stobart (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • 'An Outstanding Glass Statuette Owned by Pharaoh Amenhotep II and Other Early Egyptian Glass Inscribed with Royal Names' in Journal of Glass Studies vol. 53

    Birgit Schlick-Nolte, Rainer Werthmann and Christian E. Loeben

    Author: Birgit Schlick-Nolte, Rainer Werthmann and Christian E. Loeben
    Publisher: Corning Museum of Glass
    Date: 2011
    Description: An article featuring a glass name bead in Liverpool's collection, accession number M11568. Journal of Glass Studies vol. 53, pp 11-44.

  • Brilliant Things for Akhenaten: The Production of Glass, Vitreous Materials and Pottery at Amarna Site O45.1

    Nicholson, Paul T.

    Author: Nicholson, Paul T.
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 2007
    Description: EES Excavation Memoir 80.

  • Catalogue of Egyptian Scarabs, etc., in the British Museum

    Hall, H

    Author: Hall, H
    Publisher: British Museum
    Date: 1913
    Description:

  • Catalogue of the Mayer Collection Part 1. The Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities. Second and Revised Edition.

    Gatty, Charles

    Author: Gatty, Charles
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1879
    Description: Catalogue of most of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian and Near Eastern collection that was on display. It also includes a small number of other collections, such as those given by Mr William Crosfield in 1861, some by Mr Charles Stoess in 1869, and others by Mr J. A. Tinne in 1870. Occasionally reference will be made to the provenance of objects, in particular if they are from the Jospeh Sams or Lord Valentia (ex Henry Salt) collections. There are illustrations of some objects, in particular the amulets, by Mr Ll. Jewitt, FSA. Compared to Mayer's 1852 cataloue there are more detailed descriptions for inscribed objects such as stelae, giving names and titles and the character of the text, provided by Samuel Birch of the British Museum who visited the collections in March 1877.

  • Egyptian Antiquities collected on a voyage made in Upper Egypt in the years 1854 & 1855 and published by Revd. H. Stobart, M.A., Queen's College Oxford.

    Stobart, Henry

    Author: Stobart, Henry
    Publisher: Benj. Duprat, and F. Scheider & Co.,
    Date: 1855
    Description: Egyptian Antiquities collected on a voyage made in Upper Egypt in the years 1854 & 1855 and published by Revd. H. Stobart, M.A., Queen's College Oxford. Paris chez Benj. Duprat, Rue du Cloitre-St. Benoit 7. Berlin chez F. Schneider & Co. Unter den Linden 19. 1855. Värsch & Happe, liogr. fac-sim. under the direction of Dr. H. Brugsch, Berlin.

  • Egypt's Golden Age: The Art of Living in the New Kingdom 1558-1085 BC

    Brovarski, Edward, Doll, Susan K; Freed, Rita E (editors)

    Author: Brovarski, Edward, Doll, Susan K; Freed, Rita E (editors)
    Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    Date: 1982
    Description: Written as a catalogue to the exhibition, 'Egypt's Golden Age: The Art of Living in the New Kingdom 1558-1085 BC', organised by the Museum of Fine arts, Boston, USA. The exhibition toured the USA at 3 venues: Museum of Fine arts, Boston, 3 February - 2 May 1982; Houston Museum of Natural Science, 14 July - 19 September 1982; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 27 October 1982 - 2 January 1983. Objects were lent from 35 institutions and private collections.

  • Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians volume 3

    Wikinson, John Gardner

    Author: Wikinson, John Gardner
    Publisher: John Murray
    Date: 1837
    Description: Manners and customs of the ancient Egyptians: including their private life, government, laws, arts, manufactures, religion and early history; derived from a comparison of the paintings, sculptures, and monuments still existing, with the accounts of ancient authors, illustrated by drawings of those subjects.

  • Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Statues, Reliefs and Paintings Volume II: Theban Temples. (2nd ed.)

    B. Porter and R. L. B. Moss, assisted by E. W. Burney, now edited by J. Malek

    Author: B. Porter and R. L. B. Moss, assisted by E. W. Burney, now edited by J. Malek
    Publisher: Clarendon Press
    Date: 1994
    Description: This is an unchanged reprint of the 1972 edition in hard cover and reduced format. ISBN 0900416 181. More information is available online: http://www.griffith.ox.ac.uk/topbib.html

  • 'Two Name-beads of Hatshepsut and Senenmut from the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri' in Antiquaries Journal, vol. LXVI, part II, pp 387-88

    Reeves, Nicholas

    Author: Reeves, Nicholas
    Publisher: Society of Antiquaries
    Date: 1986
    Description: Publication of two name beads in the British Museum and reference to others in Liverpool and New York. Available online: http://www.nicholasreeves.com/item.aspx?category=Writing&id=29

  • Urkunden IV: Urkunden der 18 Dynastie

    Sethe, Kurt

    Author: Sethe, Kurt
    Publisher: J.C. Hinrichs
    Date: 1906
    Description: 1 of 16 fascicles that makes up 1226 pages of handwritten hieroglyphic texts from the 18th Dynasty.

Events

  • Egypt's Golden Age: The Art of Living in the New Kingdom 1558-1085 BC

    Start date: 1982-02-03
    End date: 1982-02-03
    Description: An exhibition organised by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA. The exhibition toured the USA at 3 venues: Museum of Fine arts, Boston, 3 February - 2 May 1982; Houston Museum of Natural Science, 14 July - 19 September 1982; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 27 October 1982 - 2 January 1983. Objects were lent from 35 institutions and private collections.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1857
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Henry Rev Stobart

    Owned from: 1855
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1857
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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