About this object

Human figure made from clay and painted red. Male with applied triangular applied sheath, beard. Two impressed lines running from the top of the back and beneath both arm pits. The head and right arm are missing. The left arm is broken at the elbow and shows that the forearm was held outwards away from the body. The right leg is missing below the calf and the left leg is missing below the hip. There is white paint or plaster (?) on the lower half of the figure which occurs on old breaks indicating this was applied after the figure was broken. Excavated in Petrie's Predynastic cemetery B near the modern village of Abadiya (Abadiyeh), grave number B219.

Compare with other predynastic red-painted 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
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • 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
    127 mm x 56 mm x 36 mm
  • Related people

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.

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