Faience Handle

Fragment of a solid cylinder handle (?) moulded from faience with a dark blue glaze and decorated with an inscription in light blue with a royal name - the cartouche of Satamun (sAtimn). She was the daughter of Amenhotep III and his main wife Tiye. Broken in half and mended. DENDERA is written in black ink on the broken unglazed surface. In 1898 Petrie found faience models of papyrus stems that fitted into cross bases (Dendereh, p. 28, pl. XXIII nos. 10-13); and also large faience ankhs that were also inscribed. This could be a fragment of either of these religious votives.