Cornflower Pendant



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. From the collection of Flaxman Spurrell purchased in 1956 (not assigned an accession number until in 1978). Spurrell was given many small finds from Flinders 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.