About this object

Jar of fine Nile silt fabric, with one vertical handle, long cylindrical neck, ridge around rim, and ring base. On one side is an image of the god Bes modelled in incised and applied relief decoration. Part of the neck is broken and missing.

Stuck to the surface, near the base, is a rectangular sticker, white with ornate blue border, with “Fayoum Egypt” written in dark ink. Is this a label applied by F. G. Hilton Price? On this is another sticker, white and elliptical, with Hilton Price's collection number “3345” typed in red ink. “Fayoum” is written in pencil on the base.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Faiyum
  • Date made
    600 BC - 500 BC about
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Frederick George Hilton Price
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Faiyum
  • Date collected
    1897 before
  • Measurements
    185 mm x 100 mm x 100 mm
  • Note
    Compare with an example in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London (UC 2888) which has an almost exact shape and decoration. Compare with an example in Birmingham City Museums (W1138) which is also originally from the Wellcome Collection and considered to be from the collection of Martyn Kennard (dated to Dynasty 26 - 29). See, Janine Bourriau, 'Umm el-Ga'ab. Pottery from the Nile Valley. Before the Arab Conquest ' (1981), p. 83 [no. 160].
  • Related people
    Frederick George Hilton Price ( Collector, previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Previous owner)

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  • Sotheby's Auction House Sale 12 - 21 July 1911

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