About this object

Egyptian faience flat backed fruit and floral amuletic jewellery element: a cornflower (Centaurea cyanus). This would have been strung to form an openwork broad collar characteristic of the 18th Dynasty. Cornflowers were used in the New Kingdom for floral collars, such as in the well preserved examples from Tutakhmun's embalming cache now kept at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Faience copies of the different flowers and petals used in such floral collars were very popular in the 18th Dynasty.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date made
    1352 BC - 1336 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Akhenaten) about
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    William Matthew Flinders Petrie
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date collected
    1891 - 1892
  • Measurements
    18.5 mm x 8.5 mm x 5 mm
  • Note
    Accession number given in 1978 though recorded as being from the collection of Flaxman Spurrell purchased in 1956. Spurrell was given many small finds from Petrie's 1891-2 excavations at Tell el-Amarna. However, it could also be possible the object is from Hughes and Petrie's 1888 and 1889 excavations at Gurob.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Previous owner); William Matthew Flinders Petrie ( Collector)

Explore related


  • Tell el Amarna

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
    Publisher: Methuen
    Date: 1894
    Description: Publication of Fliners Petrie's excavation of parts of the city in a winter season between 1891-2. At this time Petrie's fieldwork was largely being sponsored by two men: Jesse Haworth (1835-1921) and Henry Martin Kennard (1833-1911).


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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