Clay Ball with Hair



Many fragments of a broken clay ball that contained a lock of brown human hair. Found at the royal city of Tell el-Amarna (ancient Akhetaten) by archaeologists working for the Egypt Exploration Society, 1923-24. Small balls of clay containing human hair, like this, were probably used in magical practices. This is recorded as being from the 1923-24 excavation season the individual find number is missing. However, it matches with Egypt Exploration Society find number 23/159 a "broken clay ball with exposed hair". This was found in House Q.46.34 Room 1 within the Main City at Tell el Amarna. One half of the ball with a lock of hair stuck in place is numbered 56.21.673a; and loose fragments of clay and some hair are kept together under the number 56.21.673b.