About this object

Large faience hollow ball-shaped bead with alternate segments of light blue and dark blue. Each section is additionally delineated by incised lines. Pierced at the top and bottom for suspension on string. Rough surface with some discolouration.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom to New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    Dynasty 11 - Dynasty 20
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    William Birkbeck
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    34 mm x 35 mm
  • Note
    From the "banks of the Nile, 1870". Compare with Florence Friedman, 'Gifts of the Nile. Ancient Egyptian Faience' (Providence, 1998), pp. 115, 212 and 259 (cat. nos. 181 and 190).
  • Related people
    Susan Maria Birkbeck ( Collector, previous owner); William Birkbeck ( Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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