Reddish-brown pottery mould used for the manufacture of small faience objects in the shape of date palm leaves. Compare with W M Flinders Petrie, Tell el-Amarna (London, 1894), plate XX, no 544. 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.