Reddish-brown pottery mould used for the manufacture of faience ring bezels with the design of three elongated circles flanked by two papyrus plants. Compare with W M Flinders Petrie, Tell el-Amarna (London, 1894), plate XVI, no. 223. 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 white paste is visible in the mould cavity.