Artificial eye



Accession Number
W589e
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Faience and glass case
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Coffin/sarcophagus/cartonnage, Artificial eye
Material
Glass
Measurements
Height: 16mm | Width: 35mm | Depth: 9mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian

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Description

An artificial eye, with a brown glass iris. These were used for coffins and masks.

Bibliography

A Lucas 'Ancient Egyptian materials and Industries' Chapter 7. Berman 1999 'Catalogue of Egyptian Art from Cleveland Museum' p191.

Wellcome Number
R12594 (written on the front of the eye in black ink)
Other Identity
2257 (written on a small white label)
Auction
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 13–17 Jun 1921, Lot 338
Previous Owners
Lord William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst (1835–1909) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 03 Jan 2023

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