About this object

Clay lump, roughly ball-shaped but one side is fairly flat. Rough unevenly shaped surface impressd with a hole surrounded by a pattern of small holes. Excavation find number 26/294: from the North Suburb at Tell el Amarna, area V37.3 (North East Group K). Like many other clay balls found in the excavations of homes at Tell el-Amarna this clay ball may contain human hair. Small balls of clay containing human hair were probably used in magical practices. There is a label sellotaped to base.

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
    34 mm x 38 mm x 48 mm
  • Note
    EES excavations at Tell el-Amarna 1926-7
  • 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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