Not currently on display at the V&A

Amulet

c. 1550 BC - c. 1077 BC
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Carved carnelian amulet in the form of a poppy seed, pierced at one end for attachment to a string.

Part number 'K' not legible on the bead.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved carnelian
Brief Description
Poppy seed amulet, carnelian, Egypt, New Kingdom
Physical Description
Carved carnelian amulet in the form of a poppy seed, pierced at one end for attachment to a string.



Part number 'K' not legible on the bead.
Dimensions
  • Height: 1.5cm
  • Width: 0.7cm
Styles
Marks and Inscriptions
Object history
The Reverend Greville John Chester (1830-1892), born in Denton, Norfolk, studied at Oxford and became an ordained clergyman before sickness forced him to retire in 1865. For his ailing health, he was encouraged to travel to Egypt, making his first visit that year; he subsequently travelled there almost every year until his death, alongside journeys elsewhere across the Mediterranean and Near East. Each year, Chester bought items en masse, to sell or donate to British institutions upon returning. His acquisitions form a considerable backbone of the early holdings at the V&A, British Museum, Ashmolean and Fitzwilliam. His contributions to the Victoria and Albert Museum incorporate both ancient and Islamic artefacts, predominantly but not exclusively purchased in Egypt; the most significant acquisitions include several hundred fragments of Late Antique textiles from Akhmim, given to the museum between 1887 and 1892. Chester was widely regarded as having a keen eye for acquisitions, and cultivated close friendships with several prominent Egyptologists. He was also notable for recording the provenance of many ancient items he purchased, an unusual practice for the time.
Collection
Accession Number
319K-1867

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record createdDecember 13, 1997
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