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Faience Beads: E.170.1921

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 24


Faience Beads




11 faience amulets.

11 amulets representing Isis nursing Horus, seated (2); a dwarf, possibly the god Bes (4) and certainly the god Bes (3); a right hand and the upper part of a papyrus stem. Isis and Horus were associated with rebirth and childbirth and Bes was a household god who protected pregnant women and women in childbirth. These ideas of rebirth were also valid for the rebirth following death, which is why they were probably placed within a grave.

Measurements and weight

Height: 0.015 m

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1921) by Oxford Expedition to Nubia (1912-13)


Third Intermediate period
Circa -700 - Circa -600

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.170.1921
Primary reference Number: 52197
Oldadmincategory: A
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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