About this object

The bottle almost certainly comes from a funerary context at Gurob (see Nielsen, 2014 pp. 483-8) . It is a closed vessel with an egg-shaped body and a narrow neck, concluding in a protruding ring immediately below the vessel’s lip. The exterior of the vessel, especially along the bottom, is coated with a thick red slip that while peeling and broken in places, especially on the shoulder of the vessel, is still smooth to the touch. The shape is diagnostic in that the narrow opening (interior diameter: 3.0 cm) could not have accommodated many types of solid objects. Instead the vessel is ideal for liquids. It seems reasonable to suggest that this bottle was placed in a grave as a beer container, although because of its suitability for liquids in general it is could have been utilised for other beverages such as water, milk or wine.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Gurob
  • Date made
    1550 BC - 1186 BC about
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    William Matthew Flinders Petrie
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Gurob
  • Date collected
    1889 - 1890
  • Measurements
    238 mm x 130 mm
  • Related people
    William Matthew Flinders Petrie ( Collector, previous owner); Frederick George Hilton Price ( Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Previous owner)

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  • A Catalogue of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Possession of F. G. Hilton Price Dir. S.A. (1897)

    Hilton Price, F G

    Author: Hilton Price, F G
    Publisher: Quaritch, Bernard
    Date: 1897

  • Catalogue of the Important and Extensive Collection of Egyptian Antiquities: The Property of the Late of F. G. Hilton-Price, Esq.

    Sotheby; Wilkinson; Hodge

    Author: Sotheby; Wilkinson; Hodge
    Publisher: Dryden Press
    Date: 1897
    Description: Auction catalogue of the Hilton-Price collection.

  • 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.

  • Some notes on a New Kingdom ovoid bottle in the Liverpool World Museum in The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology volume 100, pp. 483 - 488

    Nielsen, Nicky

    Author: Nielsen, Nicky
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 2014


Previous owners

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