Fragment of a faience shrine

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Egypt and its Neighbours
Object Types
Religious or cult object, Shrine | Architecture, Architectural element, Floor, Foundation deposit
Late Period
Twenty-fifth Dynasty
Nubia, Meroe, Temple of Amum
Height: 46mm | Width: 48mm | Depth: 11mm
Number of Elements

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A fragment of glazed ceramic depicting the upper part of a shrine with a row of uraei with sun-discs. It was found with a group of other objects under the floor of the sanctuary of the temple of Amun at Meroe in 1910. These items probably date to the Twenty-fifth Dynasty and were part of a votive deposit.


Baud, Michel 2010. Culture d'Afrique, modèles égyptiens et influences méditerranéennes. In Baud, Michel (ed.), Méroé: un empire sur le Nil, 76-89. Paris; Milan: Musée du Louvre; Officina Libraria. [p. 77] Garstang, John 1911. Meroë, the city of the Ethiopians: being an account of a first season’s excavations on the site, 1909–1910. Oxford: Clarendon Press. [p. 15, pl. 10.1] Török, László 2002. The image of the ordered world in ancient Nubian art: the construction of the Kushite mind, 800 BC–300 AD. Probleme der Ägyptologie 18. Leiden; Boston; Köln: Brill. [pp. 314–315]

Wellcome Number
Other Identity
104r (written on the back in pencil)
J. C. Stevens. Auction and Sale Rooms: 30 Jun 1931, Lot 25
Auction Details
Ancient Egyptian bronze statuette, and a quantity of Egyptian relics.
Previous Owner
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 05 Jul 2022

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