About this object

During the Roman Period two eye amulets and a tongue amulet of gold leaf were placed on the mummy so that they could see and speak again in the Afterlife. This gold foil cover-plate would have been made to place over the eye of a mummified body.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Roman Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    30 BC - AD 395 about
  • Materials
    Gold
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Sams
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1850 before
  • Measurements
    17 mm x 24 mm x 1 mm
  • Note
    Compare with Petrie, 'Tanis II' (London, 1888), p. 24, pl. VIII, 12 & 17.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Previous owner); Joseph Sams ( Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • Catalogue of Antiquities from Ancient Egypt

    Sams, Joseph

    Author: Sams, Joseph
    Publisher: Joseph Sams
    Date: 1839
    Description: Handwritten manuscript containing a list of many objects now in World Museum Liverpool that Jospeh Mayer purchased from Joseph Sams (date of purchase uncertain). Joseph Sams (1784-1860) was a Darlington bookseller who visited Egypt and Palestine in 1822-3, bringing back an extensive collection of antiquities. Many were acquired by the British Museum by a Parliamentary grant in 1824. Between 1830 and 1839 Sams purchased objects from the collections of Henry Salt and Charles Bogaert. Much of Sams collection was later purchased by the Liverpool antiquarian Joseph Mayer (1803-1886). In 1867 Mayer donated 14,000 objects to the Liverpool Museum.

  • Catalogue of the Egyptian Museum, No. VII, Colquitt Street, Liverpool

    Mayer, Joseph

    Author: Mayer, Joseph
    Publisher: Joseph Mayer
    Date: 1852
    Description: Joseph Mayer published a catalogue of his collection in 1852, whilst it was at his Egyptian Museum in Colquitt Street. This is before he donated his collection to the Liverpool Free Public Museums in 1867 so his entries do not include the accession numbers that the objects now bear.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1850
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Joseph Sams

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1850
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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