About this object

Creamy yellow Egyptian alabaster; surface has very high polish. Uninscribed. A deposit of a black shiny substance fills the bottom of the interior cavity (and sawdust, presumably remains of a packing material when in storage). Acquired with a human-headed lid of Egyptian alabaster.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - 332 BC about
  • Materials
    Egyptian Alabaster
  • Location
    Item currently on loan
  • Acquisition
  • Collector
    William Hesketh Lever
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1824 before
  • Measurements
    302 mm x 174 mm
  • Note
    Part of the Lady Lever Art Gallery antiquities collection.
  • Related people
    Anne Adele Hope ( Previous owner); Henry Thomas Hope ( Previous owner); Thomas Hope ( Collector, previous owner); William Hesketh Lever ( Collector, previous owner); Henry Francis Pelham-Clinton-Hope ( Previous owner)
  • Related documents/media

Explore related


  • Lever as a collector of archaeology and as a sponsor of archaeological excavations by Angela Thomas in Journal of the History of Collections 4 no 2 (1992) pp. 267-271

    Thomas, Angela

    Author: Thomas, Angela
    Publisher: Journal of the History of Collections
    Date: 1992

  • The Lever and Hope Sculptures

    Waywell, Geoffrey B

    Author: Waywell, Geoffrey B
    Publisher: Gebr Mann Verlag
    Date: 1986
    Description: Thomas Hope's collection of ancient Roman marble sculptures acquired in Italy is regarded as one of the most important ever to have been formed in Britain. This catalogue, by Geoffrey Waywell, contains a detailed account of the Hope collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, and also of the many Hope sculptures now in other collections. 163 black and white illustrations.


  • Christie's Auction House Sale 25 July - 27 July 1917

    Start date: 1917-07-25
    End date: 1917-07-25
    Description: Sale of the collection of Lord Francis Pelham Clinton Hope, 8th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne.


Previous owners

  • William Hesketh Lever

    Owned from: 1917
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1925
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Francis Pelham-Clinton-Hope

    Owned from: 1884
    How acquired: Inherited
    Owned until: 1917
    Disposal method: Sold
  • Anne Adele Hope

    Owned from: 1862
    How acquired: Inherited
    Owned until: 1884
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Henry Thomas Hope

    Owned from: 1831
    How acquired: Inherited
    Owned until: 1862
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Thomas Hope

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1831
    Disposal method: Bequest
Object view = Humanities
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