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Cowroid with hieroglyphs
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.05390
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleCowroid with hieroglyphs
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of discovery: Unknown
    Place of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
  • Date-1650 / -1550
  • PeriodSecond Intermediate Period (Egypt)
  • MaterialSteatite (mineral) (Stone > Mineral)
  • DimensionsHeight: 1,7 cm, Width: 1,3 cm, Depth: 1,1 cm
  • OwnerMusées royaux d'art et d'histoire/Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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The base of this seal amulet in the shape of a kauri shell carries a symmetrical composition of hieroglyphs: on each side of the papyrus “wAdj” and the sign “nfr” are signs of life “ankh”, placed in ovals that become one with the border. The signs above are hard to identify. Both the design and the shape of the cowroid are characteristic for the Second Intermediate Period (15-16th dynasty).