Lotus Petal Pendant



Faience flat backed amuletic jewellery element: a yellow, white and purple lotus/lily petal (Nymphaea caerulea) with a loop at one end for suspension. This would have been strung to form an openwork broad collar characteristic of 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.