Highlights of the Woking Loan
On 31st May 2012, the Egypt Centre received a loan of fifty-eight ancient Egyptian objects from Woking College Surrey. The collection (numbered WK1-WK58) comprises thirty-five shabtis, eight amulets, five pottery vessels, three coins, two fretwork wooden pieces, two glass bottles, one faience bell, one wooden Sokar hawk, and one faience flower pendant. Volunteer Dulcie Engel has researched the collection and this trail presents her chosen highlights.
The most beautiful of the Woking shabtis is WK34, a finely painted limestone fragment dating from the New Kingdom.
WK32 is inscribed Djed-Iset (Djedaset). It has a typed rectangular label on the back, reading: ‘ZED-ASET’. Such labels were placed on shabtis distrib (cont.)
WK35, inscribed Djed-Khonsu, is part of a group of five faience shabtis (along with WK15, 16, 17, 56) that were thought by some to be carrying brick m (cont.)
WK29 is a blue-glazed pottery overseer shabti from the Third Intermediate Period, typically wearing a kilt and holding a whip.
WK40 is a faience amulet of a Djed pillar. This represents the backbone of Osiris. It is believed it would give stability to the mummy’s spine; and al (cont.)
WK48 is the lower part of a was sceptre. As an amulet, it ensured the continued welfare of the deceased, and gave them control of the afterlife. The b (cont.)
WK4 is a Nile silt vessel formed on a wheel. The long neck has three thicker bands around it. This WK4 is typical of early New Kingdom pottery and it (cont.)
WK7 is painted white. It has a flat base, a rounded ‘belly’ with ridged lines around it, a handle and a spout. It is decorated with a plant motif in b (cont.)
WK23 is a silver tetradrachm minted in Alexandria in year 2 of the reign of Antoninus Pius, 138/9 BCE (or possibly year 12). It shows an enthroned fig (cont.)
WK26 is a beautifully painted fretwork figure of gesso-coated wood depicting Anubis, the god of mummification. Fretwork (also referred to as openwork) (cont.)
WK25 is a Roman perfume or ointment bottle, usually referred to as an unguentarium. It was probably made of clear glass, although the decayed surface (cont.)
WK44 a rare pale green faience bell in the shape of the head of Bes, with a hole for suspension as well as another, presumably for the tongue of the b (cont.)
WK21 is a Sokar hawk from the Late Period. The wood is coated in gesso and painted yellow, white, red and green. It would have originally been part of (cont.)