Starting tomorrow on Facebook we will feature a plumb bob in the collection of a museum or art gallery every Monday. If you see an item you think we should feature, pass it along.
For those reading the blog, we provide you with a preview of our first Museum Monday entry: an ancient Egyptian plumb bob in the collection the Fitzwilliam Museum, the museum of the University of Cambridge, in Cambridge, England. It is described in their online collection database as a "Basalt Ceremonial Plumb Bob" from ancient times. Learn more about it on the museum's website.
Collection of The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, UK
Title: Basalt ceremonial plumb-bob
Date: circa 332 B.C. — circa 30 B.C.
Period: Ptolemaic period
Place (legacy): Egypt, production, country
Find Spot: Egypt
Dimension: height, 15.5, cm
Acquisition: bequeathed; 1949; Gayer-Anderson, R. G. (Major)
Alternative Number(s): GayerAnderson; IX.60
Accession: Object Number: E.GA.287.1949
(Antiquities) (record id: 61985; input: 2003-03-25; modified: 2015-04-02)
Permanent Identifier: http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/61985