About this object

Lumps of broken faience and perhaps some turquoise from the pharaonic copper mines at Wadi Maghara. Dimensions are of the box container.

Presented by the Egypt Exploration Fund following Petrie's 1904-1905 fieldwork in Sinai, one of the main copper and turquoise mining regions for ancient Egypt. There was a temple for Hathor at Serabit el-Khadim ('Hathor mistress of turquoise') built in the Middle Kingdom (about 2025-1700 BC) and still important in the New Kingdom (about 1550-1069 BC) as attested by private and royal stelae and many 1000s of votive offerings left on the floor of the temple sanctuary.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Artefact
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Sinai: Serabit el-Khadim
  • Date made
    1279 BC - 1069 BC about
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience ; Turquoise
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1905
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Sinai: Serabit el-Khadim
  • Date collected
    1905
  • Measurements
    35 mm x 65 mm x 90 mm
  • Note
    Presented by the Egypt Exploration Fund following Petrie's 1904-1905 excavations at Serabit el-Khadim, one of the main copper mining regions for ancient Egypt. There was a temple for Hathor ('Hathor mistress of turquoise') built in the Middle Kingdom (about 2025-1700 BC) and still important in the New Kingdom (about 1550-1069 BC) as attested by private and royal stelae and many hundreds of votive offerings left on the floor of the temple sanctuary.
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society ( Collector, previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

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