About this object

Red breccia axe-head. Compare with a similar breccia axe in the British Museum E32092 dated to the Predynastic Period (Naqada II).

One one side is a large Sotheby's auction house sticker from the Rev. William MacGregor sale. On the other side is a small rectangular sticker with red printed number "3565" which was MacGregor's own collection number.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Weapon
  • Culture
    Predynastic Period (Naqada II)
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    3300 BC about
  • Materials
    Breccia
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    William MacGregor
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1902 - 1904
  • Measurements
    81 mm x 145 mm x 23 mm
  • Related people
    William MacGregor ( Collector, previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Previous owner)

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Publications

  • Catalogue of the MacGregor Collection of Egyptian Antiquities (Sotheby's 26 June - 6 July 1922)

    Newberry, Percy

    Author: Newberry, Percy
    Publisher: Sotheby's
    Date: 1922
    Description: Professor Percy Newberry was very familiar with MacGregor's collection and produced the text for Sotheby's catalogue. There is useful detail, such as where the objects were collected and some photographs.

Events

  • Sotheby's Auction House Sale of the MacGregor Collection 26 June - 6 July 1922

    Start date: 1922-06-26
    End date: 1922-06-26
    Description: Sale of Revd. William MacGregor's collection of Egyptian antiquities.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1922-07-05
    How acquired: From Henry Solomon Wellcome
    Owned until: 1971
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Solomon Wellcome

    Owned from: 1922-07-05
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1936-06-25
    Disposal method: Donation
  • William MacGregor

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased or Excavation subscription
    Owned until: 1922-07-05
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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