About this object

Reddish-brown ceramic mould for a making amulets in the shape of date palm leaves. 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. There is a a white substance is still visible in the mould cavity. A rope line is visible on the right hand side of the leaf design.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • 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, 1956
  • Collector
    Flaxman Charles John Spurrell
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date collected
    1892
  • Measurements
    33 mm x 22 mm x 6 mm
  • Note
    Compare with W M Flinders Petrie, Tell el-Amarna (London, 1894), plate XX, no 544.
  • 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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