About this object

Small brown mould for making amulets, possibly in the shape of mandrake fruits. At the royal city of Amarna in 1892, Professor W. M. Flinders Petrie discovered thousands of ceramic moulds used to make faience rings, jewellery and amulets. Made from the same raw materials as glass (silica, soda and lime) faience was prepared as a paste and shaped in moulds before firing. Different glazing techniques produced a variety of colours. On this objects the mould cavity is lighter in colour and there are string marks around the design. It also looks like fingerprint impressions around the mould - perhaps the creators before the mould had set? A small hole is also visible in the top left hand corner.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • 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
    Pottery
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Flaxman Charles John Spurrell
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date collected
    1892
  • Measurements
    7 mm x 29 mm
  • Note
    Compare with W M Flinders Petrie, Tell el-Amarna (London, 1894), plate XIX, no. 455.
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner); William Matthew Flinders Petrie ( Previous owner); Flaxman Charles John Spurrell ( Collector, previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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