Wooden Cramp of King Sety I


On display

A butterfly-shaped wooden cramp once used to hold two building blocks together. It is inscribed in sunk relief: "good god Menmaatra", the throne name (prenomen) of the 19th Dynasty pharaoh Sety I. Objects with the name of the king on them were also thought to add strength and protection. It is possibly from a temple at Abydos. the width of the cramp at the centre is 77 mm. The object was acquired as lot 315 at Stevens Auction and Sales Rooms on 29 September 1908.