Model situla

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Amulets case
Object Type
Jewellery, Amulet
Third Intermediate Period
Egypt, Abydos
Height: 30mm | Diameter: 13mm
Number of Elements

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A faience model situla amulet. While Margaret Murray dated this to the Twenty-sixth Dynasty, stylistically it is more likely from the Third Intermediate Period. It is probably from Abydos. Situlae were ceremonial vessels used to offer libations of life-giving water. They are shaped like a lotus flower and are commonly decorated with mythical and religious scenes. The object was gifted to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth by John Bancroft Willans, a subscriber of the Egypt Exploration Fund/Society, who received the object in 1903. It was subsequently gifted to the Egypt Centre in 1997.


Green, Christine Insley 1987. The temple furniture from the sacred animal necropolis at North Saqqâra 1964–1976. Egypt Exploration Society, Excavation Memoir 53. London: Egypt Exploration Society.

Last modified: 08 Nov 2020

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