About this object

Sample of red paint found in a pot at Amarna. Originally kept within a watch glass and numbered G1 by Flaxman Spurrell, in reference to his 1895 experiments with colours from ancient Egypt. Displayed within an acrylic cube.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date made
    1352 BC - 1336 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Akhenaten) about
  • Materials
    Pigment
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Flaxman Charles John Spurrell
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date collected
    1892
  • Measurements
    13 mm x 52 mm x 52 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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Publications

  • 'Flaxman Spurrell’s Experimenting with Painting Materials' in Carolyn Graves-Brown (editor) 'Egyptology in the Present: Experiential and Experimental Methods in Archaeology'

    Cooke, Ashley

    Author: Cooke, Ashley
    Publisher: The Classical Press of Wales
    Date: 2015
    Description: Ashley Cooke, ‘Flaxman Spurrell’s Experimenting with Painting Materials' in Carolyn Graves-Brown (editor) 'Egyptology in the Present: Experiential and Experimental Methods in Archaeology' (The Classical Press of Wales, 2015) pp. 1-11.

  • Notes on Egyptian Colours, in 'The Archaeological Journal' 52

    Spurrell, Flaxman Charles John

    Author: Spurrell, Flaxman Charles John
    Publisher: Royal Archaeological Institute
    Date: 1895
    Description: In 1895 Spurrell published ‘Notes on Egyptian Colours’ which was a culmination of several papers he had contributed to the Royal Archaeological Institute in the early 1890’s, based principally on material from Flinders Petrie’s excavations (1895, 222-39). At this point Petrie had supplied Spurrell with a full range of colour samples from the Fourth Dynasty to the Roman Period. These 50 colours are typically held between two watch glasses and are from fairly securely dated provenances: Fourth Dynasty (Meidum and Dahshur), Twelfth Dynasty (Lahun), Eighteenth Dynasty (Amarna), New Kingdom (Gurob) and Roman Period (Hawara). Spurrell validates his study by stating that ‘Mr. Petrie’s specimens have the special value of being correctly dated’ and disputes some earlier studies that used museum samples with no specific contextual data. Following typical Victorian ideas of progress and cultural evolution Spurrell’s study chiefly aims to ‘mark chronological changes’ from the Fourth to Eighteenth Dynasties (1895, 222).

  • Tell el Amarna

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
    Publisher: Methuen
    Date: 1894
    Description: Publication of Fliners Petrie's excavation of parts of the city in a winter season between 1891-2. At this time Petrie's fieldwork was largely being sponsored by two men: Jesse Haworth (1835-1921) and Henry Martin Kennard (1833-1911).

Events

  • Petrie's Excavations at Tell el Amarna, 1891-2

    Start date: 1891
    End date: 1891
    Description: Petrie excavated parts of the city in a winter season between 1891-2. 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. Spurrell's collection form Amarna contains many samples of pigments from houses in the city and artefacts associated with vitreous materials, such as glass rods and moulds for casting faience amulets and beads. For more information see Digital Egypt for Universities website: http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk/amarna/index.html

Ownership

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