About this object

Gold earring of repoussé work with decoration in granules. Large, long loop, roundel at front with granular design. Hollow pendant in form of four balls. Slightly brusied and cracked in two places.

The excavator, William Flinders Petrie, described his discovery of four gold earrings in a house at Memphis (modern Mit Rahina village): “in a broken jar-neck, on the floor of a house which had been heaped over with wasters from the glazing kilns. Their date is probably late Ptolemaic and they shew how skillfully granulated work was done then” (1910, p.44). The partner to Liverpool’s earring is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (accession no. 10.164.1) and the other pair is in the Manchester Museum (accession nos.5277a-b).

New York’s online catalogue record: http://metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/551299?rpp=20&pg=1&ft=*&when=1000+B.C.-A.D.+1&where=Memphis&pos=9

Manchester’s online catalogue record: http://emu.man.ac.uk/mmcustom/Display.php?irn=103528&QueryPage=%2Fmmcustom%2FEgyptQuery.php

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    Ptolemaic
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphis
  • Date made
    200 BC - 30 BC about
  • Materials
    Gold
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Presented by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt (Egyptian Research Account)
  • Collector
    British School of Archaeology in Egypt
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphis
  • Date collected
    1910
  • Measurements
    63 mm x 12 mm x 15 mm
  • Related people
    British School of Archaeology in Egypt (Collector, previous owner)

Explore related

Publications

  • Catalogue of the Egypt Exploration Society's Exhibition of the Results of the Recent Excavations at Amarna and Armant and of a Loan Exhibition of Egyptian Jewellery. Wellcome Historical Medical Museum 8th September to 3rd October 1931

    Egypt Exploration Society

    Author: Egypt Exploration Society
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1931
    Description: 66 page catalogue of an exhibition held at Wellcome Historical Medical Museum 8th September to 3rd October 1931. No illustrations.

  • Meydum and Memphis III

    Petrie, W. M. F., Ernest Mackay and Gerald Wainwright

    Author: Petrie, W. M. F., Ernest Mackay and Gerald Wainwright
    Publisher: British School of Archaeology in Egypt
    Date: 1910
    Description: Publication of the excavations of the British School of Archaeology in Egypt.

Events

  • Egypt Exploration Society Annual Exhibition, 1931

    Start date: 1931-09-08
    End date: 1931-09-08
    Description: Egypt Exploration Society's annual exhibition held at the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, London. The director of the Egypt Exploration Society, Sir Robert Mond, wrote to the museum on 26 May 1931 asking if Liverpool Museum could loan a selection of jewellery for a representative loan exhbition of 'Egyptian jewellery and beads' in conjunction with its annual exhibition of antquities from recent excavations (Amarna and Armant). The event was scheduled to close on 3 October but was extended to 31 October because of demand. In the 'Notes and News' section of the 'Journal of Egyptian Archaeology', vol. 17 parts III and IV (November 1931) page 254, it records that the "attaractive presentation of the loan-exhibits the society has chiefly to thank Mr Guy Brunton, who generously undertook the laborious task of arrangement and description". The event was reported in the 'Notes and News' section of the 'Journal of Egyptian Archaeology', vol. 18 parts I and II (May 1932) page 109, recording that over 6000 visitors attended.

Ownership

Previous owners

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