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
  • Culture
    Roman Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    30 BC - AD 395 about
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Sams
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1852 before
  • Measurements
    17 mm x 25 mm x 1 mm
  • Note
    Joseph Mayer, 'Catalogue of the Egyptian Museum, No. VIII, Colquitt Street, Liverpool' (Liverpool, 1852), page 19: "No. 208. Gold, Plates of, consisting of ornaments, small ear-rings, of Annubis, the eye of Osiris, taken from various parts of mummies"; Joseph Sams catalogue, page 60, no. 257;
    Compare with Petrie, 'Tanis II' (London, 1888), p. 24, pl. VIII, 12 & 17.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Previous owner); Joseph Sams (Collector)

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  • 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.


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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