Basket

M11914

On display

Round open form reed fibre basket. Now contains bread fragments but seemingly once held fruit. Probably dated to the New Kingdom and from Thebes (Sams collection no. 117). The object is labelled '602' from when it was displayed in Joseph Mayer's Egyptian Museum on Colquit Street, Liverpool. In Mayer's 1852 "Colquit St. catalogue", this basket is described as containing "Fruit of various kinds - the date, the pomegranate, &c. (some of which are now become extinct, and their names unknown)". Charles Gatty noted that Mayer mistook dom plam nuts for pomegrantes in his Colquit Street catalogue. The object was evacuated from the gallery in 1939 and assigned the ARP [Air Raid Protection] number 1435.