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Early Egyptian water clock, 1415-1380 BC.

The original of this plaster cast (which is held in the Cairo Museum) was found at Karnak Temple, Upper Egypt, in 1904, and dates from the reign of King Amenhotep III (1415-1380 BC). It is made of alabaster and was probably used for indicating the passage of hours of the night. In use, the vessel was filled with water, which leaked out slowly from a small hole near the bottom; the time being indicated by the level of the water remaining within.

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Inventory No.: 1923-0048
Source No.: 1923-0048

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