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Glazed bead: E.398.1932

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Titles

Glazed bead

Description

Bead with spiral decoration

Faience (glazed ware) bead or model mace head. The spiral decoration is the usual way that the Egyptians showed imitation stoneware, as seen from pottery vessels dating to the pre-dynastic period. Theis object is large for a bead and it is possible that it was an object intended to symbolise a traditional weapon. However, the function and in fact date remains uncertain. The type of material (faience) is typical of that produced in Meroe (Nubia) during the Roman period, for this reason the object has been dated to this period. The object is complete with little damage to the surface. The material consists of crushed quartz pebbles which are then glazed with a glass-like material.

Measurements and weight

Width: 0.045 m

Find spot

  • Egypt-Nubia

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1932) by Towry Whyte, E.

Dating

Roman
Circa 100 CE - Circa 400 CE

Materials used in production

Faïence

Techniques used in production

Mouldmade Glazed

Identification numbers

Accession number: E.398.1932
Primary reference Number: 53145
Oldadmincategory: FG
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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