About this object

Fragment of limestone preserving parts of three incised hieroglyphs and a vertical line which divided the text into columns.

The stone is inscribed on one side and the hieroglyphs have traces of green pigment paste. In 2007 the object was identified as coming from the antechamber of Pepy I's pyramid at Saqqara. It was acquired along with a much larger fragment (1973.2.308.1) at Sotheby's London, 18 July 1919 lot 141 "Two ancient Egyptian mural fragments with inscriptions; also a small wood carved Hawk" (1919 p. 13).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Old Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphite Necropolis: Saqqara
  • Date made
    2321 BC - 2287 BC (Dynasty 6: Reign of Pepy I)
  • Materials
    Pigment; Limestone
  • 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: Memphite Necropolis: Saqqara
  • Date collected
    1919 before
  • Measurements
    34 mm x 55 mm x 7 mm
  • Related people
    Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

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