Artificial eye of a cow or bull



Accession Number
W616
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Coffins case, Right
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Coffin/sarcophagus/cartonnage, Artificial eye
Material
Stone/minerals (Obsidian)
Provenance
Egypt
Measurements
Height: 48mm | Width: 73mm | Depth: 13mm
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Bull/cow

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Description

An artificial eye comprising of a pupil of a dark brown stone, probably obsidian. The size and shape of this eye suggests it comes from a cow or bull burial. The Bucheum III plate XXXVI.5 has a very similar eye.

Bibliography

See Berman, L.M., 'Catalogue of Egyptian Art. T 1999 for examples of artificial eyes generally and further references. Lucas and Harris, 1962, 'Ancient Egyptian Materials and Industries' Chapter 7.

Last modified: 18 Oct 2020

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