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  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)
    Deir el-Bahari (found)

  • Date:

    c. 1550 BC - c. 1292 BC

  • 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

Blue glazed composition bead in the form of a cowroid shell, pierced longitudinally for attachment to either a necklace or bracelet string.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)
Deir el-Bahari (found)


c. 1550 BC - c. 1292 BC

Materials and Techniques

Glazed composition

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Cowroid bead, blue glazed composition, Deir el-Bahari, Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty Eighteen

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Possibly illustrated in E. Naville, The XIth Dynasty Temple at Deir el-Bahari III. Egypt Exploration Fund Memoir 32 (London: Egypt Exploration Fund, 1913): Pl. 25, 1:1 upper top.


Ceramics Collection

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