About this object

Grinding stone for preparing pigments for cosmetic use or for writing.

Auction label stuck to the surface on the side. Label stuck to the flat base annotated in ink "Abydos". From which one of John Garstang's excavations?

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    2025 BC - 1700 BC about
  • Materials
    Serpentine
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
    1909 before
  • Measurements
    32 mm x 23 mm
  • Note
    Acquired at Sotheby's July 1922 (MacGregor collection) 1 of 9 items in lot 1097: "seven others [draughtsmen], in porphyry, granite and oter hard stone; and two others; the porphyry and speckled black and white granite specimens from Abydos"
  • Related people
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology ( Collector, previous owner); William MacGregor ( Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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