Fake cartouche stamp



Accession Number
W215
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Fakes, forgeries, and replicas case
Object Types
Fakes and replicas, Fakes | Written document, Seal impression
Periods
New Kingdom to Modern
Nineteenth Dynasty
Ruler
Ramesses II
Material
Pottery
Provenance
Egypt, Thebes/Luxor
Measurements
Height: 106mm | Width: 104mm | Depth: 13mm
Number of Elements
1

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Description

A cartouche in terracotta showing the prenomen of Ramesses II. This item is unlikely to be a genuine ancient artefact. Cyril Aldred cites examples of similar artefacts bearing the cartouche of Ramesses III being made in Egypt in the late 1800s. These objects are sometimes falsely believed to be the bases of funerary cones. It was purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1934.

Bibliography

Aldred, Cyril 1957. The 'funerary cones' of Ramesses III. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 43, 113.

Wellcome Number
A156699
Other Identity
199 (written on the reverse in black ink)
Auction
Sotheby & Co.: 17 Dec 1934, Lot 17
Previous Owner
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)

Language
Egyptian
Script
Hieroglyphic
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021

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