About this object

Amulet in the shape of a claw of a bird or feline carved out of carnelian and incised at the top with four lines. Pierced for stringing so that the claw hung downwards. Probably from an anklet. Tip of the claw is broken.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    2055 BC - 1650 BC about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1924 before
  • Measurements
    23 mm x 13 mm x 5 mm
  • Note
    Purchased at Sotheby's 15 December 1924, lot 144.
  • Related people
    Sotheby's (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Associated Person, collector)

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  • Sotheby's Auction House Sale 15 December 1924

    Start date: 1924-12-15
    End date: 1924-12-15
    Description: Sotheby's Sale


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1924-12-15
    How acquired: Purchased at Sotheby's, London
    Owned until: 1982
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Sotheby's

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1924-12-15
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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