Mandrake Fruit Pendant



Glazed Egyptian faience flat backed fruit and floral amuletic jewellery element: a yellow and purple mandrake fruit with a suspension loop at the top. 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.