About this object

Round open form reed fibre basket. Now contains bread fragments but seemingly once held fruit. Probably dated to the New Kingdom and from Thebes (Sams collection no. 117). The object is labelled '602' from when it was displayed in Joseph Mayer's Egyptian Museum on Colquit Street, Liverpool.

In Mayer's 1852 "Colquit St. catalogue", this basket is described as containing "Fruit of various kinds - the date, the pomegranate, &c. (some of which are now become extinct, and their names unknown)". Charles Gatty noted that Mayer mistook dom plam nuts for pomegrantes in his Colquit Street catalogue. The object was evacuated from the gallery in 1939 and assigned the ARP [Air Raid Protection] number 1435.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1550 BC - 1069 BC
  • Materials
    Reed Fibre
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Sams
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1850 before
  • Measurements
    75 mm x 194 mm x 200 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Previous owner); Joseph Sams ( Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • Catalogue of the Egyptian Museum, No. VII, Colquitt Street, Liverpool

    Mayer, Joseph

    Author: Mayer, Joseph
    Publisher: Joseph Mayer
    Date: 1852
    Description: Joseph Mayer published a catalogue of his collection in 1852, whilst it was at his Egyptian Museum in Colquitt Street. This is before he donated his collection to the Liverpool Free Public Museums in 1867 so his entries do not include the accession numbers that the objects now bear.


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1850
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Joseph Sams

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1850
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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