Skip to main content

Cult object: E.37a.1898

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 20




Glazed quartz plaque. The object does not have an obvious function and it is possibly a foundation plaque (a dedication made by the King at a new temple). There are traces of a glaze on top of the stone and so the appearance is similar to 'faience' , which is a crushed quartz with glass-like glaze covering the surface.

Measurements and weight

Length: 6 cm
Width: 3 cm

Find spot

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1898) by the Egyptian Research Account


Early Dynastic Period
About -3000 - About -2500

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: E.37a.1898
Primary reference Number: 49596
Oldadmincategory: B
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "Cult object" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-07-16 03:51:46

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Cult object |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-07-16 03:51:46|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...