Sealing of King Den

About this object

This clay seal used to close a jar was excavated from ‘Tomb T’ or the 'Tomb of Den-Setui' during an archaeological dig led by William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853-1942). It was gifted to Liverpool (now World) Museum in 1901 by the Egypt Exploration Society.

Before 1920, Percy Newberry, Brunner Professor of Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, was called in to look at the Egypt displays in the Main Hall of the museum (see Before and After section for images of the Main Hall from 1932). He produced a series of record cards recording his thoughts on the objects on display. He described the seal as being "yellowish clay", with no mention of it being burnt.

It seems that the seal was burnt during the Blitz as another record card in the museum archives notes that the seal was "charred in fire, May 1941”.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Early Dynastic Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    2950 BC (Dynasty 1: Reign of Den) about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Committee of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1901
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    63 mm x 144 mm x 55 mm
  • Note
    Burning would seem to be modern: 1960s record card says "charred in fire, May 1941", and Newberry's record card made before 1920 describes it as being "yellowish clay" with no mention of being burnt.
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Egypt Exploration Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1901-10-14
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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