About this object

Sample of dried yellow paint scraped from the inside of a pot found at Amarna. It is what the collector Flaxman Spurrell referred to as "prepared paints" and numbered it B', in reference to his 1895 experiments with colours from ancient Egypt. Originally sealed within two circular concave pieces of glass (watch glass). Removed in 1958 and kept within a small sealed tube for a temporary exhibition.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • 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
    16 mm x 19 mm x 19 mm
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner); William Matthew Flinders Petrie ( Previous owner); Flaxman Charles John Spurrell ( Collector, previous owner)

Explore related

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

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  • 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).

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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