Pots, pictures and… publicity.

Loretta and some Lahun pots

Loretta and some Lahun pots

A useful way to get to know the collection is by facilitating access to objects for visiting researchers. Before the visit last week of Loretta Kilroe, an Oxford University student and native of Manchester working on Middle Kingdom pottery from Flinders Petrie’s excavations at Lahun, I hadn’t known about the distinctive potters’ marks on many of these vessels. Researchers like Loretta are able to throw new light on objects often packed away in storage, as here. We hope, however, that much more of this material – and results from the research of Loretta and others – will feature in the new Ancient Worlds galleries.

Photography for guidebook

Photography for guidebook

Photography is now complete for the Egyptian objects set to feature in the Museum’s souvenir guidebook, currently in preparation. The photography by Paul Cliff will highlight both some hidden gems, and bring out new aspects of well-known favourites. Here Paul is getting the lighting just right to capture the colourfully painted eye-panel of the box coffin of Nakht-ankh.

Finally, it is now possible to follow everything Egypt and Sudan at Manchester on Facebook. This new page allows a platform for swift, easy updates and will provide more images than are possible here. Click ‘like’ to find out more.



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3 responses to “Pots, pictures and… publicity.

  1. Chris simons West Midlands

    What a great article A few months ago I bought six little pots iron age Hebrew. As Egyptian is my love thought I would sell them proceeds to go to the orphans at Luxor (sun shine home)
    I had noticed thumb finger prints on Egyptian pottery but these i think can be a potters mark. ??? How ever on the Hebrew pots were lots of finger prints

  2. Campbell@Manchester

    Thanks Chris. Some of our pots do indeed have fingerprints from the potters. Potters’ marks tend, however, to be applied by scoring or otherwise marking the surface of the pot – often when still wet. Loretta found evidence of a distinctive type of small holes added to the Lahun examples – all very interesting!

    • Chris simons West Midlands

      This is again some thing I did not know thank you.. I love the black ringed, pre dynastic pottery very beautiful
      But of course almost every one I know likes my eighteenth dynasty pottery shards the colors look like they were made yesterday

      Many thanks Chris

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