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Ostracon of a stone mason


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Ostracon of a stone mason




written document


ostracon, figured


stonemason at work, on one side, uraeus and inscription on other side. The stone mason is a stubbled man with a chisel in hand. He has his head thrown back and appears to be singing. On the reverse the scribe Imyshe, son of Nebnufer, offers to the snake goddess Mereteseger.

Field Collection

Thebes, Deir El Medina, Egypt


length 15.5 cm
width 14 cm


New Kingdom
Nineteenth Dynasty


circa 1295 B.C. — 1186 B.C.


bequeathed: Gayer-Anderson, R.G. (Major) 1943 (Filtered for: Antiquities)


  1. Peck, W.H.
    Drawings From Ancient Egypt [page: ]
    [comments: p.82 no.82 p.204]
  2. (1982) Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum , Cambridge (Cambs.) : Pevensey Press (2005) London: Scala [page: 186]
    [comments: ]
  3. (1995)
    [comments: no.37, p.82]
  4. Brunner-Traut, E.
    Egyptian artists' sketches; figured Oskraka from the Gayer-Anderson Collection in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
    [comments: No.14 p.40 pl.XXII and No.46 p.76 pl.XXXVIII]
  5. Robins, G.
    Egyptian Painting
    [comments: fig.52]
  6. Strouhal, E.
    (1992) Life in Ancient Egypt , Cambridge (Cambs.) (1992) Cambridge (Cambs.)
    [comments: p.192, fig. 206]
  7. Lesko, L. (ed.)
    (1994) Pharaoh's Workers , Cornell (1994) Cornell
    [comments: p.31, lower fig.]
  8. Eggebrecht, A.
    Kunstgeschichte, 15, Das alte Aegypten
    [comments: p.346 [337]]
  9. (1989) Treasures from the Fitzwilliam Museum , Cambridge (Cambs.) : The Fitzwilliam Museum (1989) Cambridge (Cambs.): The Fitzwilliam Museum
    [comments: No.3 p.4]



Accession Number

E.GA.4324a.1943 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 58783; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-12)

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