About this object

Fragment of painted limestone. Excavated by Professor Flinders Petrie at the ruined temple, beside the ancient town of Lahun, which flourished in the 19th and 18th centuries BC, around the pyramid complex of King Senusret II.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Lahun
  • Date made
    1877 BC - 1870 BC (Dynasty 12) about
  • Materials
    Paint; Limestone
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    William Matthew Flinders Petrie
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Lahun
  • Date collected
    1889 - 1890
  • Measurements
    29 mm x 45 mm x 15 mm
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner); William Matthew Flinders Petrie ( Collector, previous owner); Flaxman Charles John Spurrell ( Previous owner)

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  • Flaxman Spurrell's Experimenting with Painting Materials in Carolyn Graves-Brown (editor) 'Egyptology in the Present: Experiential and Experimental Methods in Archaeology'

    Cooke, Ashley

    Author: Cooke, Ashley
    Publisher: The Classical Press of Wales
    Date: 2015
    Description: Ashley Cooke, ‘Flaxman Spurrell’s Experimenting with Painting Materials' in Carolyn Graves-Brown (editor) 'Egyptology in the Present: Experiential and Experimental Methods in Archaeology' (The Classical Press of Wales, 2015) pp. 1-11.

  • Kahun, Gurob and Hawara

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
    Publisher: Kegan Paul; Trench; Trubner and Co
    Date: 1890
    Description: Publication of fieldwork directed by Flinders Petrie at 3 sites in the Faiyum: Kahun, Gurob and Hawara. Chapters by F. Ll. Griffith and Percy E. Newberry. 28 plates. Percy Newberry wrote the chapter, "The ancient botany", pp. 46-50.

  • Notes on Egyptian Colours in 'The Archaeological Journal' 52

    Spurrell, Flaxman Charles John

    Author: Spurrell, Flaxman Charles John
    Publisher: Royal Archaeological Institute
    Date: 1895
    Description: In 1895 Spurrell published ‘Notes on Egyptian Colours’ which was a culmination of several papers he had contributed to the Royal Archaeological Institute in the early 1890’s, based principally on material from Flinders Petrie’s excavations (1895, 222-39). At this point Petrie had supplied Spurrell with a full range of colour samples from the Fourth Dynasty to the Roman Period. These 50 colours are typically held between two watch glasses and are from fairly securely dated provenances: Fourth Dynasty (Meidum and Dahshur), Twelfth Dynasty (Lahun), Eighteenth Dynasty (Amarna), New Kingdom (Gurob) and Roman Period (Hawara). Spurrell validates his study by stating that ‘Mr. Petrie’s specimens have the special value of being correctly dated’ and disputes some earlier studies that used museum samples with no specific contextual data. Following typical Victorian ideas of progress and cultural evolution Spurrell’s study chiefly aims to ‘mark chronological changes’ from the Fourth to Eighteenth Dynasties (1895, 222).


  • Petrie's excavations at Lahun, 1889-90

    Start date: 1889
    End date: 1889
    Description: Excavations directed by Flinders Petrie at Lahun (also called Kahun) in 1889: the first season started after the close of excavations at Hawara on February 11 1889. The second season started on October 3 1889 and lasted for 10 weeks. Much later Petrie returned to the site in 1914, 1920 and 1921, to complete his investigation of the Pyramid of Senwosret II. In 1889 Petrie's fieldwork was largely being sponsored by two men: Jesse Haworth (1835-1921) and Henry Martin Kennard (1833-1911). Petrie gave some of his finds to his close friend, Flaxman Spurrell (1842-1915), whose collection was given to Norwich Castle Museum which was then purchased by Liverpool Museum in 1956. This included finds from the excavation of thet temple of Senwosret II and flints from the town.


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