About this object

Lump of clay, most probably containing human hair. Clay is dark grey and decorated with a circular pattern of dots sunk into the surface. One side is quite flat. This was from the 1923-1924 excavation season at Tell el-Amarna but we have no record of the individual find number. Like many others found during excavations at Tell el Amarna this clay ball may contain contain human hair. Small balls of clay containing human hair were probably used in magical practices.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date made
    1352 BC - 1336 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Akhenaten) about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    24 x 44 mm x 51 mm
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society ( Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)

Explore related


  • Private Religion at Amarna: the material evidence

    Stevens, Anna

    Author: Stevens, Anna
    Publisher: Archaeopress
    Date: 2006
    Description: BAR International Series 1587


Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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