Taxonomy

Model of a mortising chisel

Model of a mortising chisel
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Model of a mortising chisel. One of a set of model tools that would have been placed in the tomb with the deceased.


Model of a drill

Model of a drill
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Model of a drill, symbolising the type of drill used with a bow to drill holes. One of a set of model tools that would have been placed in the tomb with the deceased.


False door stela with adorations to Osiris and Hathor

False door stela with adorations to Osiris and Hathor
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False door stela with cavetto cornice with an akhet-symbol in the centre and a baboon on either side adoring. The central panel has two registers, surrounded by an inscribed frame, containing an offering formula invoking Re-Harakhty, Atum, Osiris, Anubis and Hathor.


Statuette of servant girl, carrying an unguent jar

Statuette of servant girl, carrying an unguent jar
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Cosmetic container in the form of a finely carved boxwood statuette of a naked servant girl walking and carrying a large jar on her left hip. The statuette stands on a rectangular wooden pedestal. Her head is shaved except for one lock of hair painted on the right side of the head.


Ivory panel of a game box

Ivory panel of a game box
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Ivory panel of a game box engraved with a scene showing a deceased man, Ahmose, seated on a high-backed lion-legged chair. He has a beard and wears a tripartite wig and a long overskirt worn over a short kilt.


Hand-shaped clapper

Hand-shaped clapper
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One of a pair of Egyptian clappers carved from ivory, in the form of a left hand and forearm. Two incised lines on the wrist on the front of the clapper represent a bracelet. The fingers and thumb are elongated with a depression between and the nails are carved.


Gold amulet of Taweret

Gold amulet of Taweret
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Gold pendant amulet in the form of the goddess Taweret in profile. It would have been worn by a woman for protection during childbirth.
At the top of the amulet, there is a small loop for suspension.
The amulet was made by pouring molten gold into an open terracotta mould.


Reed basket

Reed basket
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Oval shaped basket with a domed lid. The basket is made from plaited red-brown palm fibres with a zigzag decoration in black around the main body and lid. Inside the basket is a fringed linen wrap.


Naturalistic funerary scarab

Naturalistic funerary scarab
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Pale turquoise faience naturalistic funerary scarab with detailed upper and undersides. There is a central loop on the underside to attach to mummy bandages.


Naturalistic funerary scarab

Naturalistic funerary scarab
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Pale turquoise faience naturalistic funerary scarab with detailed upper and undersides. There is a central loop on the underside to attach to mummy bandages.


Blue-green scarab

Blue-green scarab
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Scarab made of blue-green glazed steatite inlaid with red jasper and blue faience; the inlay of the right wing is missing. On the underside of the scarab there is a scene in sunk relief, depicting a king before the god Amun-Re with the udjat-eye above.


Gold pendant amulet of Heh

Gold pendant amulet of Heh
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Gold pendant amulet in the form of the god Heh in profile, kneeling and holding a palm rib (the hieroglyph symbolising 'year') in each hand. The amulet wishes the wearer an eternity in the Underworld.
There is a small loop for suspension on the reverse.


Wooden palm wine cup

Wooden palm wine cup
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This palm wine cup is carved from an unspecified wood and has a handle, which is uncharacteristic of many Kuba palm-wine cups.


Ivory head

Ivory head
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This small ivory carving of a face shows closed eyes, a strong nose and small horizontal mouth.


Zoomorphic mask

Zoomorphic mask
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This dance mask is constructed of wood, palm leaf fibre, beeswax resin and Abrus seeds, Surmounting the fibrous head is a wooden feature, covered in a beesewax resin and Abrus seeds, of which some are still a vibrant red. These bright red and black seeds are c.


Gorilla skull with traces of paint

Gorilla skull with traces of paint
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This object consists of a gorilla skull enclosed in woven basketry. The red eye sockets are contrasted with the main black area of the skull which is in turn set against a further white area. This is then framed by the first rib of basketry.


Figure of drummer

Figure of drummer
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This figure of a seated drummer has lost its original base. The elongated ovoid head and coiffure is typical of Mangbetu style, and the large ears sit high up on the side of the head. Facial features show cowrie-shaped eyes and full lips, unfortunately the nose has been damaged.


Head of jackal

Head of jackal
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Right profile of the head of a jackal, made of obsidian. Simple markings to delineate the mouth are incised into the obsidian and the eye is inlaid. There are markings which suggest the ear may also have been inlaid.


Opaque glass flask

Opaque glass flask
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Opaque blue core-formed glass flask. The flask has a globular shouldered body and narrow neck with applied base and handle.


Bronze cat coffin

Bronze cat coffin
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Bronze alloy statue of a cat, symbolic of the goddess Bastet, made using the lost-wax method. The cat is sitting upright and wears a collar that is visible only from the left and back. There are facial features and markings on the ears and body; the eyes would have been inlaid.