Collection G. Brunton MSS - Guy Brunton Collection

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G. Brunton MSS


Guy Brunton Collection


  • 1937-1948, card index 1958 (Creation)

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2 card index boxes, 1 portfolio of drawings , 1 file of correspondence, and 1 box of print-outs

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Name of creator


Biographical history

British Egyptologist. Born, Beckenham 1878. Died, White River, Transvaal 1948. Studied Egyptology under Petrie and Margaret Murray. Between 1912-14 he excavated with Petrie at Lahun, and after war service again in 1919-21. He then excavated at Qau, Badari, and Deir Tasa before taking up a post in the Cairo Museum in 1931. He was assisted in his work by his wife, Winifred, an artist. After his retirement he returned to South Africa, where he died without having completed his work on button seals.

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Biographical history

British artist. Born, 1880. Died, Clocolan, Orange Free State, South Africa 1959. Married Guy Brunton in 1906. Produced water colour illustrations for her own publications, as well as for her husband's excavation reports.

Archival history

In possession of his widow Mrs. Winifred Brunton (1880-1959). She deposited the Matmar negatives in 1949. After unsuccessful attempts to find a candidate to complete the catalogue of button seals, the material was deposited in the Griffith Institute in 1956, where further work was done on it by J. J. Orchard, who produced the index.

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Negatives, Mrs. Winifred Brunton in 1949.
Preliminary work on button seals deposited at Mrs. Brunton's request in 1956.

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Scope and content

Drawings (by Winifred M. Brunton), letters, and working notes for a publication on button seals.
Negatives taken during the Matmar excavations in 1928-30.
Card index created 1958.

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Kept as received.

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Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions

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Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.

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  • English

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The nitrate negatives were scanned and the originals deaccessioned.

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The paper documents are original. The nitrate negatives have been replaced by scans and print-outs.

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Scans (of nitrate negatives).

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-The drawings, card indexes and correspondence form the basis of A. B. Wiese, <i>Die Anfänge der ägyptischen Stempelsiegel-Amulette. Eine typologische und religionsgeschichtliche Untersuchung zu der 'Knopfsiegeln' und verwandten Objekten der 6. bis frühen 12.</i> (PhD Thesis; Basel, 1995).

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