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  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)
    Serabit el-Khadim (found)

  • Date:

    c. 1292 BC - c. 1189 BC

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed composition with painted inscription

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Serabit el-Khadim, in the Sinai peninsula, was an important turquoise mine worked throughout Egyptian history. The miners seem to have come largely from this region rather than the Nile valley; many graffiti were found at the site written in a language now termed ‘Proto-Sinaitic’. In his excavations of 1904-5, Flinders Petrie discovered huge numbers of votive items deposited at the temple of Hathor at the site, mostly dating to the New Kingdom. These were typically small items such as bracelets, plaques, sistra and figurines, usually made of blue-green glazed composition. This turquoise colour was ritually important to Hathor, who amongst many attributes was considered the protective deity of mining regions (one of her many names was ‘Lady of Turquoise’).

Physical description

Fragment of a blue-green glazed composition votive bracelet. The fragment is decorated in black with a cartouche containing the prenomen of Ramesses II.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)
Serabit el-Khadim (found)


c. 1292 BC - c. 1189 BC

Materials and Techniques

Glazed composition with painted inscription

Marks and inscriptions

Royal prenomen
[Nb] tA.wy wsr-mAa.t-Ra stp-n-Ra
[Lord] of the Two Lands, Usermaatre Chosen-of-Ra.


Length: 4.5 cm, Height: 2 cm, Width: 0.4 cm

Object history note

Found at Serabit el-Khadim, 1904-5 excavation season.

Descriptive line

Fragment of a bracelet, blue-green glazed composition with painted inscription, Serabit el-Khadim, Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty Nineteen

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

Brcelets of this type are shown in W.M.F. Petrie, Researches in Sinai (New York: Dutton and Co., 1906): 143-4, Fig. 149


Ceramics Collection

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