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Amulet - Amulet


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)

  • Date:

    1850-1884 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stamped gold with gold filigree rim and seed pearls

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Flat gold drop-shaped pendant with a border of pearls. The pendant is made from sheet gold stamped on each side with a six-sided star formed from two superimposed triangles, with Arabic inscriptions in the space between the points. A row of rings of twisted wire is attached to the rim, each of which has a seed pearl threaded on wire inside it, and a triangle of granules on its outermost point.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)


1850-1884 (made)


Unknown (made)

Materials and Techniques

Stamped gold with gold filigree rim and seed pearls

Marks and inscriptions

Inscription; decoration; Centre of the amulet


Height: 7 cm, Width: 5.6 cm

Object history note

Bought from the collection of Gaston de Saint-Maurice (1831-1905) in 1884. Saint-Maurice displayed his extensive art collection at the 1878 Paris exhibition, in a gallery entitled L'Egypte des Khalifes. This was part of an official sequence of displays celebrating the history of Egypt, presented by the Egyptian state at this international event. Saint-Maurice held a position at the Khedival court, and had lived in Cairo in 1868-1878. Following the exhibition, Saint-Maurice offered his collection for sale to the South Kensington Museum (today the V&A).

Descriptive line

Tear-drop shaped sheet gold amulet with stamped decoration and Islamic inscription, with seed pearls, Egypt, 1850-1884.


Gold; Seed pearls



Subjects depicted

Floral; Star


Jewellery; Amulets; Africa


Middle East Section

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