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  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)
    Deir el-Bahari (found)

  • Date:

    664 BC - 30 BC

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed composition

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Bells first appear in graves of the Late Pharaonic period (c.664-332 B.C.), initially in metal, although examples in glazed composition quickly emerged. From this point, bells became very common as amulets as well as musical instruments, and their popularity continued into the Ptolemaic period. Bell amulets frequently incorporated relief details of the either the heads of divine figures, or animals associated with divine figures. Common details included crocodiles (symbol of the god Sobek), rams (symbol of the god Khnum), and the head of the god Bes.

Physical description

Fragment of a blue glazed composition bell amulet, with a suspension loop at the top and two further holes, possibly for suspension, on the body.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)
Deir el-Bahari (found)


664 BC - 30 BC

Materials and Techniques

Glazed composition


Height: 5 cm, Width: 5 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Bell amulet, blue glazed composition, Deir el-Bahari, Egypt, Late or Ptolemaic period

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

E. Naville, The XIth Dynasty Temple at Deir el-Bahari III. Egypt Exploration Fund Memoir 32 (London: Egypt Exploration Fund, 1913): Pl. 34.2


Ceramics Collection

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