Artificial eye



Accession Number
W589e
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Glass case
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Coffin/sarcophagus/cartonnage, Artificial eye
Material
Glass
Measurements
Length: 36mm | Diameter (iris): 16mm
Number of Elements
1

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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
12594 (this number is marked on the front of the eye in ink)
Other Identity
257 (a small label bearing this number was placed on the back of the 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: 24 Jan 2021

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