About this object

Hollow pottery figure of a woman with pronounced hips and holding a child at her left side. There is a hole at the top of the head that suggests this hollow figure was used as a vessel, with the right hand acting as a handle for pouring. There are tattoo marks on the body in red and black paint. Part of her right breast and feet are missing.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1550 - 1069 BC (Dynasty 18 BC - 20) about
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    250 mm x 95 mm
  • Note
    Described in Mayer's 1852 catalogue as "a figure holding a kitten". Was displayed in Ventilator Case 45 before World War Two and evacuated to Mostyn Castle. Compare with similar objects in the following publications: ' El Amrah and Abydos' (1902), p. 97, pl. LI (grave D8); Berman, 'Catalogue of Egyptian Art', The Cleveland Museum of Art, no. 178; Sally Ann Ashton, 'Roman Egyptomania' (London, 2004), pages 152-3 [Fitzwilliam Musuem E.GA.278.1949]; Christies, 'Antiquities, London 29th October 2003', pp. 78-9 (lot 148); Christie's, 'Antiquities, New York, Friday 11 December 2009', p. 11 (lot 11).
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner)

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  • 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: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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