About this object

Limestone ostracon with columns of cursive hieroglyphic text in red ink on both sides. Dr Roland Enmarch (University of Liverpool) examined the ostracon in March 2018 and suggests it to be a preparatory study for an artist tasked with applying religious texts to the walls of a tomb (probably in Thebes). See attached report by Dr Enmarch (PDF document). Remains of a circular white sticker left on the recto. This would have been an auction sticker with the lot number. Unfortunately there is no record of where Sir Henry Wellcome acquired the item.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    1550 BC - 1069 BC about
  • Materials
    Limestone; Ink
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date collected
    1936 before
  • Measurements
    160 mm x 150 mm
  • Related people
    Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Collector, previous owner)
  • Related documents/media


Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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