About this object

Mummified arm and shoulder joint from a person about 12 years old. Held under the arm a small roll of brittle papyrus with some cursive hieroglyphic text visible, which is most likely of a fuenrary nature such as the Book of the Dead. X-rayed in February 2007 and no sign of disease or infection could be detected in the bones and development appears to be normal.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    Late Period; Ptolemaic
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - 30 BC about
  • Materials
    Body-Part Human; Gold; Papyrus; Textile
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Henry Salt
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1852 about
  • Measurements
    90 mm x 100 mm x 225 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Previous owner); Henry Salt ( Collector, previous owner); Joseph Sams ( Previous owner)

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Publications

  • 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.

  • Catalogue of the Mayer Collection Part 1. The Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities. Second and Revised Edition

    Gatty, Charles

    Author: Gatty, Charles
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1879
    Description: 83 page illustrated catalogue of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian and Near Eastern collection that was on display. It also includes a small number of other collections, such as those given by Mr William Crosfield in 1861, some by Mr Charles Stoess in 1869, and others by Mr J. A. Tinne in 1870. Occasionally reference will be made to the provenance of objects, in particular if they are from the Joseph Sams or Lord Valentia collections. The woodcut illustrations were produced by the noted Victorian illustrator and engraver, Llewellynn Frederick William Jewitt FSA. Compared to Mayer's 1852 catalogue there are more detailed descriptions for inscribed objects such as stelae, giving names and titles and the character of the text. Much of this information was provided by Samuel Birch of the British Museum who visited the collections in March 1877.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

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

    Owned from: 1827
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1850
    Disposal method: Sold
  • Henry Salt

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1827
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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