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Ancient Egyptian Green-glazed Cowroid Bead

Ancient Egyptian Green-glazed Cowroid Bead

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Stone: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1204757

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Green-glazed cowroid bead with spiral design

Measurement: 1.4 x .8 x .45 cm

Material/colour: steatite with blue-green glaze

Technique: stone carving; ceramic glaze; pierced longitudinally

Condition: glaze slightly discoloured in places, crackled, with chip from bottom edge.

Date: Middle Kingdom – Second Intermediate Period, possibly Third Intermediate Period. (Designs with spirals are typical of the earlier period, but had a recurrence in the Third Intermediate Period. Most of the later beads, however, are faience.)

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

Identification and Interpretation: Well made bead with bright glaze, probably part of a necklace. Central design is spiral with two hieroglyphic signs on either side used for decorative purposes.

Workmanship: glaze is vivid and design is clearly marked.

Function and Meaning: from a necklace or other adornment

Comments: Cowrie-shell shaped beads, like the actual shells, assured fertility and safe childbearing. They were worn on belts, necklaces and bracelets.