Clay Ball



Clay lump, roughly ball-shaped but one side is fairly flat. Rough unevenly shaped surface impressd with a hole surrounded by a pattern of small holes. Like many other clay balls found in the excavations of homes at Tell el-Amarna this clay ball may contain human hair. Small balls of clay containing human hair were probably used in magical practices. Excavation find number 26/294: from the North Suburb at Tell el Amarna, area V37.3 (North East Group K). Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society in 1926. Acquired by the EES in the division of finds. Donated to the East Anglia Egyptian Society by the EES in recognition of a contribution to the EES (excavation subscription). Donated to Norwich Castle Museum. Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum in 1956 by Liverpool City Museum (now World Museum).