About this object

Ceramic object of unknown purpose, described by John Garstang as a "staff-head? Rather like a packed apple with flattened sides, small knob on top. Moulded on to staff."

Ball-shaped with flattened sides and dome shaped top with applied flattened knob. Pierced in the base with sign that it was once attached to something else. Trapped material inside rattles when moved. Marked in pencil (and blue crayon?) with the find number 354 A'07. Marked in black with John Garstang's collection number GN 165.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    2025 BC - 1700 BC about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Professor John Garstang, 1949
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    63 mm x 66 mm x 65 mm
  • Note
    Previously marked with incorrect accession number 49.47.598.
  • Related people
    John Garstang ( Previous owner); Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology ( Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • Mortuary Assemblages from Abydos

    Snape, Steven Ralph

    Author: Snape, Steven Ralph
    Publisher: University of Liverpool PhD Thesis
    Date: 1986
    Description: Publication of excavations at Abydos between the years 1906 and 1909 by Professor John Garstang of the Institute of Archaeology at Liverpool. These excavations were never published in anything like a complete or adequate form, and the objects unearthed by Garstang have, since their recovery, been widely scattered. The major part of this thesis is an attempt to reconstruct, as closely as was then possible, the work of 1906-1909.


Previous owners

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