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Ancient Egyptian Lentoid Bead

Ancient Egyptian Lentoid Bead

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Faience: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1200752

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Rounded Lentoid bead with crossed flower and scroll pattern

Measurement: 1.1 x 1.1 x .5 cm

Material/colour: Glazed steatite. Beige bead with turquoise blue pigment remaining in pattern on reverse.

Technique: stone carving with glaze; pierced for suspension

Condition: Back is worn and chipped, but still shows signs of the original bright blue glaze.

Date: This pattern originated in the Second Intermediate Period, circa 1782 - 1555 bce, but was popular into New Kingdom and even Third Intermediate Period.

Provenance: Golden Chariot; original collection of Gustav Jecquier, reportedly from Sakkara.

Identification and Interpretation: Round lentoid bead, crossed pattern of floral motif with spiral scrolls.

Workmanship: competent

Function and Meaning: A bead from a necklace or bracelet. “The origin and interpretation of the geometric designs are obscure. While they may have had a purely ornamental purpose, it is possible that they possessed magical significance which was the reason for their widespread appearance . . . “(see Ben-Tor, below.)

Parallels: see Daphna Ben-Tor, The Scarab, p.31, type VIII- 4. This is a fairly common type.