Personal Mirror Handle
Wooden mirror handle, decorated with narrow grooved bands. Half only. Split longitudinally. Mirror numbered separately 56.20.510. William Hood collected antiquities on visits to Egypt between 1851 and 1861. After his death in 1864 his collection remained within his family home at Nettleham Hall in Lincolnshire. In 1872 some items were sold to the British Museum with the remainder being put up for auction at Sotheby's on 11 November 1924. Not all of the 172 lots were sold and those that failed to find a buyer were returned to Nettleham Hall in a box. In 1940 the contents of the box was sold to Norwich Castle Museum (accession number 127.940) and was later sold to Liverpool Museum in 1956. 1924 Sotheby’s auction Lot 10: A mirror 71/2in long, with lotiform handle, in splendid condition; XV11 dynasty.