About this object

Wedjat (eye of Horus) amulet of turquoise glazed faience with black detail for pupil and eyebrow.

Given to Flaxman Spurrell by Flinders Petrie who worked for 2 seasons in the Faiyum between 1888 and 1890. 1 of 14 Wedjat eye amulets (56.20.341-56.20.354) glued on a sheet of card by Flaxman Spurrell and bequested to Norwich Castle Museum.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Faiyum
  • Date made
    1550 BC - 1069 BC
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Flaxman Charles John Spurrell
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Faiyum
  • Date collected
    1888 - 1890
  • Measurements
    34 mm x 24 mm x 4 mm
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner); William Matthew Flinders Petrie (Previous owner); Flaxman Charles John Spurrell (Collector, previous owner)

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  • Petrie's Excavations at the Faiyum, 1888-90

    Start date: 1888
    End date: 1888
    Description: Two seasons of excavations between 1888 and 1890 directed by Flinders Petrie in the Fayum region across a range of sites including Biahmu, Medinet el-Faiyum, Hawara, Lahun (Kahun) and Gurob. The museum has objects recorded as being from Petrie's excavations in the Faiyum but with no specific site reference. Most of the New Kingdom items are presumed to be from Gurob or the alter occupation at Lahun (Kahun). At this time Petrie's fieldwork was largely being sponsored by two men: Jesse Haworth (1835-1921) and Henry Martin Kennard (1833-1911). Petrie gave some of his finds to his close friend, Flaxman Spurrell (1842-1915), whose collection was given to Norwich Castle Museum which was then purchased by Liverpool Museum in 1956.


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