Green faience lentoid bead
Measurement: 1.5 cm x1 x .3
Material/colour: green glazed composition, faience.
Technique: ceramic, moulded. Pierced through long axis for stringing.
Condition: glaze worn on back and almost completely absent from design, some chipping on boarders.
Date: Late Middle Kingdom – Second Intermediate Period. The ‘S’ curves are typical of the earlier period, but the central rosette design with opposed water lily shapes at the long ends are similar to lentoids found at Medinet Habu.
Provenance: Golden Chariot; original collection of Gustav Jecquier, reportedly from Sakkara.
Identification and Interpretation: Bead from a necklace with geometric design.
Workmanship: original mould may not have clearly defined boarder on design.
Function and Meaning: element from personal adornment item.
Parallels: Oriental Institute excavations at Medinet Habu have excavated a great number of beads from disturbed contexts. Similar but not precisely identical lentoid beads can be found in Emily Teeter, Scarabs, Scaraboids, Seals and Seal Impressions from Medinet Habu (2003).