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A fragment of a millefiori

A fragment of a millefiori glass plate from Meroe, with blue flowers on a black background. The millefiore technique originated in Egypt for making decorative inlay plaques. Coloured rods were arranged in a pattern so that they could be fused and made into a composite rod, transverse slices were cut from the composite rod and each produced the original pattern.

Present location LIVERPOOL MUSEUM [03/061] LIVERPOOL
Inventory number 49.47.932
Dating MEROITIC PERIOD
Archaeological Site BEGRAWIYA
Category PLATE
Material GLASS
Technique MILLEFIORI






Bibliography•Piotr Bienkowski and Angela Tooley., Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in Liverpool Museum., 1995., 99; pl.156.


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Senet board

Senet board

A fragment of a faience game board for Senet, with four pieces, from Abydos. The board has a blue/green glaze and the squares are painted on in black. Board games were very popular and were often depicted on wall paintings and included in funerary furniture. Senet is known from Predynastic times to the late Roman Period, today a similar game is still played in the Sudan.
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Present location LIVERPOOL MUSEUM [03/061] LIVERPOOL
Inventory number 55.82.9
Dating NEW KINGDOM
Archaeological Site ABYDOS
Category SENET-GAME/THIRTY SQUARE BOARD
Material FAIENCE
Technique FAYENCE
Bibliography•Piotr Bienkowski and Angela Tooley., Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in Liverpool Museum., 1995., 48-49; pl.64.
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A model depicting brewing

A model depicting brewing, baking and butchery, made from wood and gesso. On the left two women are grinding flour, a bread oven is next to them. A woman originally kneeling beside the oven is now lost. In the centre a man is cutting the throat of an ox with a flint knife; the legs of the ox are bound together and the man kneels with one hand pressing the head to the floor. To the right another man is pressing barley bread through a sieve into a vat where it will ferment when mixed with water and date juice. Beside him are other vats and sealed beer jars, two with net coverings. Models like this one, showing butchery, are from the tombs of nobles, the only Egyptians to eat meat regularly.

Present location

LIVERPOOL MUSEUM [03/061] LIVERPOOL

Inventory number

55.82.7

Dating

MIDDLE KINGDOM

Archaeological Site

BENI HASSAN

Category

MODEL

Material

WOOD; GESSO

Technique

WOOD-TECHNIQUE

Bibliography

  • Piotr Bienkowski and Angela Tooley., Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in Liverpool Museum., 1995., 13; pl.17.
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A rhyton in the form of a bull

A rhyton in the form of a bull. Culture: Hittite. Date/Period: Empire period c.1400-1200 BC. Place of Origin: Turkey. Material Size: Silver/ 17cms Long. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Schimmel Collection, New York . Location: 06.

Faience figurine of a small man

Faience figurine of a small man, naked except for a broad collar in low relief. The hair and beard are picked out in black.He is seated with flexed knees on a phallic stump with an elongated phallus falling to his ankles.The figure is pierced through the ears and behind the neck and would probably have been worn around the neck. Such erotica were fairly common in Ptolemaic times.

Present location LIVERPOOL MUSEUM [03/061] LIVERPOOL
Inventory number 1993.75
Dating PTOLEMAIC PERIOD
Archaeological Site UNKNOWN
Category EROTIC FIGURINE
Material FAIENCE
Technique FAYENCE
Height 6.8 cm





Bibliography•Piotr Bienkowski and Angela Tooley., Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in Liverpool Museum., 1995., 25; pl.27.

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Hollow clay cylinder inscribed in cuneiform

Hollow clay cylinder inscribed in cuneiform, describing Sin-iddinam's dredging of the Tigris on behalf of various deities. Translation of the text on request. Culture: Sumerian. Date/Period: c. 1850-1843 BC. Place of Origin: Sumeria, Ancient Iraq. Material Size: clay, l = 12.3 cms. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Sold at Christie's London (1998) . Location: 08.