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  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)
    Deir el-Bahari (found)

  • Date:

    c. 1550 BC - c. 1292 BC (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed composition

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Egypt Exploration Fund.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This piece was one of many items deposited during the New Kingdom at the mortuary temple of Deir el-Bahari, as a votive offering in the Hathor shrine within the temple complex. The turquoise colour typical of glazed composition was considered appropriate for this goddess, one of whose Epithets was 'Lady of Turquoise'.

Physical description

Necklace of glazed composition beads. The majority are alternating blue and black glazed composition cylinder beads, of varying lengths, with six lozenge beads and two disk beads. The beads have been restrung.

Number of cylinder beads: 52 (24 black, 28 blue)
Number of lozenge beads: 6
Number of disk beads: 2

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)
Deir el-Bahari (found)


c. 1550 BC - c. 1292 BC (made)



Materials and Techniques

Glazed composition


Length: 170 cm approximately, Length: 3.8 cm Approximate pendant length, Length: 0.6 - 5.8 cm Bead length

Object history note

Found at Deir el-Bahari, 1903-4 excavation season.

Descriptive line

Beaded necklace, blue and black glazed composition, Deir el-Bahari, Eypt, New Kingdom, possibly Dynasty Eighteen

Labels and date

Excavated at Deir-el-Bahri during the 1903-4 season []

Production Note

Andrews, C. British Museum




Ceramics Collection

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