About this object

A lion's head and forepaws are carved on a small curving plaque with rounded corners. From the Temple of Apedemak? There are perforations at both ends and a square hole between the forepaws, which rest on a small base. The curve of the plaque indicates that the piece was mounted onto a round basin with pins drawn through the circular perforations. Because the piece is drilled through, it must have been a spout. We can say nothing about the basin which it belonged, since there are no parallels from Meroe or Egypt.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container
  • Culture
    Meroitic
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date made
    1st Century BC
  • Materials
    Sandstone
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Professor John Garstang
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date collected
    1910
  • Measurements
    30 mm x 80 mm x 50 mm
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Publications

  • Africa in Antiquity. The Arts of Ancient Nubia and the Sudan volume 2

    Wenig, Steffen

    Author: Wenig, Steffen
    Publisher: The Brooklyn Museum
    Date: 1978
    Description:

  • Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in Liverpool Museum

    Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela

    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela
    Publisher: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
    Date: 1995
    Description: A 130 page illustrated book that focuses on the Egyptian antiquities in World Museum's collections to provide a colourful introduction to the land and its culture in the Pharaonic period. An appendix explains the history of the collection and includes information about the Lady Lever Art Gallery Egyptian collection, which is also part of National Museums Liverpool.

  • Meroë, the City of the Ethiopians: being an account of a first season's excavations on the site, 1909-1910

    Garstang, John, Sayce, A H; Griffiths, Francis L

    Author: Garstang, John, Sayce, A H; Griffiths, Francis L
    Publisher: Clarendon Press
    Date: 1911
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • John Garstang

    Owned from: 1910
    How acquired: Excavation subscription
    Owned until: 1947-11-14
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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