About this object

Human figure made from clay and painted red. Male with sheath, beard, impressed lines for eyes and simple moulding for ears. Legs missing below the knees and arms at the shoulders. Excavated in Petrie's Predynastic cemetery U near the modern village of Hiw (How/Hu), grave number U96 recorded by Mr MacIver which was described as being of an unusual depth of 10 feet. Petrie dated the burial to Sequence Date 36 and described the contents as, "contained all the bones stacked together as a tight oblong mass, wrapped in a reed mat as usual; the legs above the arms, no skull, scapulae, fingers or toes. Two clay figures of men, coloured red, were in the filling ('Diospolis Parva' p. 36).

Compare with other predynastic clay figurines of men from the same site in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London (UC10791 and UC10796)
Compare with 'Anthropomorphic Figurines' by Peter Ucko, p.32, pl.V

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period (Naqada I)
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Hiw-Semaina region
  • Date made
    4000 BC - 3500 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • 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
    73 mm x 27 mm x 20 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.


Previous owners

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