Artificial eye for a cow or bull



Accession Number
W605
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Coffins case, Right
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Coffin/sarcophagus/cartonnage, Artificial eye
Materials
Stone/minerals (Limestone) | Stone/minerals (Obsidian)
Provenance
Egypt
Measurements
Height: 60mm | Width: 104mm | Depth: 23mm
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Bull/cow

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Description

An artificial eye, the iris is loose. The central piece is made of obsidian and the frame from a white-ish limestone. The size of the eye suggests it is from a cow or bull burial.

Bibliography

See Berman, L.M., 'Catalogue of Egyptian Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art' 1999 for examples of artificial eyes generally and further references. Lucas and Harris, 1962, 'Ancient Egyptian Materials and Industries' Chapter 7.

Wellcome Number
R12601 (black ink on side of object)
Auction
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 23–24 May 1921
Previous Owner
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 18 Oct 2020

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