About this object

Large faience hollow ball-shaped bead with alternate segments of light blue and dark blue. Each section is additionally delineated by incised lines. Pierced at the top and bottom for suspension on string. Rough surface with some discolouration.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom to New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    Dynasty 11 - Dynasty 20
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    William Birkbeck
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1870
  • Measurements
    34 mm x 35 mm
  • Note
    From the "banks of the Nile, 1870".
    Compare with Florence Friedman, 'Gifts of the Nile. Ancient Egyptian Faience' (Providence, 1998), pp. 115, 212 and 259 (cat. nos. 181 and 190).
  • Related people
    Susan Birkbeck (Collector, previous owner); William Birkbeck (Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1914
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Susan Birkbeck

    Owned from: 1897
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1914
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • William Birkbeck

    Owned from: 1870
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1897
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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