About this object

Enigmatic stone object that is semicircular in shape and resembles a grinder. Both sides are lightly incised with a female figure grinding corn before a deity. On one side Ptah and the other his wife, Sekhmet. A column of hieroglyphs runs the length of the top surface of the grinder. The inscription is very worn and awkward to read. Similar in character to the highly specialised type of servant figure from the New Kingdom made from stone or metal that is of a figure kneeling or prostrate before the god Ptah. Usually associated with high priests of Ptah at Memphis. The shabti text inscribed on them indicates that the owners represented themselves as millers in order to make offerings for Nut or Osiris. Chipped, surface loss, white residue, labels adhered to surface, adhesive residue.

One of two in the collection (other is 1973.4.163b).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom or Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1550 BC after
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1922 before
  • Measurements
    80 mm x 140 mm
  • Related people
    William MacGregor ( Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • Catalogue of the MacGregor Collection of Egyptian Antiquities (Sotheby's 26 June - 6 July 1922)

    Newberry, Percy

    Author: Newberry, Percy
    Publisher: Sotheby's
    Date: 1922
    Description: Professor Percy Newberry was very familiar with MacGregor's collection and produced the text for Sotheby's catalogue. There is useful detail, such as where the objects were collected and some photographs.

  • Egyptian Models and Scenes

    Tooley, Angela

    Author: Tooley, Angela
    Publisher: Shire
    Date: 1985


  • Sotheby's Auction House Sale of the MacGregor Collection 26 June - 6 July 1922

    Start date: 1922-06-26
    End date: 1922-06-26
    Description: Sale of Revd. William MacGregor's collection of Egyptian antiquities.


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1922-07-03
    How acquired: From Henry Solomon Wellcome
    Owned until: 1971
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Solomon Wellcome

    Owned from: 1922-07-03
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1936-06-25
    Disposal method: Donation
  • William MacGregor

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Excavation subscription
    Owned until: 1922-07-03
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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