About this object

Large pebble of dark colour and very smooth surface. From a 'pan-grave' burial at Cemetery X at Hiw, grave X17. If it had a function we are not sure. Hand tool? Too large to be used in conjunction with a palette for grinding eye-paint?

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    Nubian (Pan-Grave)
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Hiw-Semaina region: Hiw
  • Date made
    1820 BC - 1550 BC about
  • Materials
    Flint
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of The Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Hiw-Semaina region: Hiw
  • Date collected
    1899
  • Measurements
    48 mm x 57 mm x 108 mm
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society ( Collector, previous owner); William Matthew Flinders Petrie ( Excavator); Royal Scottish Museum ( Previous owner)

Explore related

Publications

  • Diospolis Parva. The Cemeteries of Abadiyeh and Hu 1898-9

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders and A. C. Mace

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders and A. C. Mace
    Publisher: The Egypt Exploration Fund
    Date: 1901
    Description: Publication of the excavations directed by Flinders Petrie at the Hiw-Semaina region (Diopolis Parva) for the Egypt Exploration Fund.

Events

  • Egypt Exploration Fund Excavations at Hiw-Semaina region, 1898 - 1899

    Start date: 1898
    End date: 1898
    Description: Excavations directed by Flinders Petrie at the Hiw-Semaina region (Diopolis Parva) for the Egypt Exploration Fund. The museum provided financial sponsorship towards the costs and received a share of the finds that the Egyptian authorities allowed to be exported outside of Egypt. The museum subscribed to the 1898-9 excavations and received 165 finds that were accessioned on 25 September 1899, accession series 25.9.99.2-166. About 65 pottery jars and bowls were destroyed in World War Two. Sketches and descriptions, including tomb numbers, were made by Professor Eric Peet.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Royal Scottish Museum

    Owned from: 1899
    How acquired: Excavation subscription
    Owned until: 1947-11-14
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Egypt Exploration Society

    Owned from: 1899
    How acquired: Division of Finds
    Owned until: 1899
    Disposal method: Donation (excavation subscription)
Object view = Humanities
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