Anhydrite vessel



Accession Number
W1404
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Stone case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Jar
Classification
Aston Type 159
Period
Second Intermediate Period
Material
Stone/minerals (Anhydrite)
Provenance
Egypt, Abydos
Measurements
Height: 35mm | Diameter (rim): 30mm
Number of Elements
1

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Description

An anhydrite ointment jar from Abydos (Aston type 159). It dates to the Second Intermediate Period. Most anhydrite dates from the Middle Kingdom to the Second Intermediate Period. The exact source of the stone is unknown but it probably came from mines near the Nile Valley. It was purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1923. As this is labelled Abydos 1904 on the base, it assumed to come from Petrie's 1904 excavations sponsored by the Egypt Exploration Society, though 1904 may alternatively refer to the purchase date.

Wellcome Number
24679/3
Other Identity
W1365 (info from VA Donohue notes)
Auction
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 31 Jul 1923, Lot 55
Previous Owners
Ellinor Frances Berens (1842–1924) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Excavation Details

Egypt Exploration Society (31.7.1923)

Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 15 Feb 2021

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