About this object

Fragment of an oversized faience ankh amulet made from faience with a green coloured glaze that is now very worn. Inscribed with a single vertical column of hieroglyphs on each side. One side has the cartouche of Aspelta and the other side with only the 'nsw bity' title and the throne name of Aspelta (Mery-ka-ra) in a cartouche. Broken in three pieces and mended. Missing upper hoop part of the ankh was restored in 2017. Findspot number 294-60 ('palace' building M294). Part of a votive deposit John Garstang excavated beneath the floor of a palace that was built over an older temple. These religious objects probably date to the Napatan Period (about 700 BC - 300 BC).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Napatan Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date made
    700 BC - 300 BC
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Professor John Garstang
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date collected
    1911
  • Measurements
    107 mm x 35 mm x 33 mm
  • Note
    Compare with a restored complete example from the same excavation and now in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology UC43949 (ex Wellcome collection).
  • Related people
    John Garstang ( Previous owner); Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology ( Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • Meroe City An Ancient African Capital John Garstang’s Excavations in the Sudan Part One: Text

    Török, László

    Author: Török, László
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1997
    Description: Publication of John Garstang's 1909 - 1914 excavations at Meroe city, part of the ancient kingdom of Kush between the 7th century BC and the 4th century AD.

  • Meroe City An Ancient African Capital John Garstang’s Excavations in the Sudan Part Two: Figures and Plates

    Török, László

    Author: Török, László
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1997
    Description: Publication of John Garstang's 1909 - 1914 excavations at Meroe city, part of the ancient kingdom of Kush between the 7th century BC and the 4th century AD.

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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