Clay Ball



Lump of clay, most probably containing human hair. Clay is dark grey and decorated with a circular pattern of dots sunk into the surface. One side is quite flat. This was from the 1923-1924 excavation season at Tell el-Amarna but we have no record of the individual find number. Like many others found during excavations at Tell el Amarna this clay ball may contain contain human hair. Small balls of clay containing human hair were probably used in magical practices. Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society in 1923. 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).