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ID number:  ECM 1818
Named collection:  The Eton Myers Collection
Title / Object name:  Mould for Faience Bead
Object type:  Mould
Culture:  Egyptian
Date made:  Eighteenth Dynasty (c. 1550-1295 BCE) ?
Materials:  Ceramic
Measurements:  overall: 1.10 cm x 1.80 cm x 2.30 cm (H x W x D)
Provenance:  Possibly from Amarna

Oval clay mould used for producing a bead for a necklace in the shape of a small papyrus flower.

Bibliography:  For more information about Egyptian faience, see
S. Boonstra 2016 'Tjehenet: The Brilliant Manufacture of Egyptian Faience' in S. Boonstra (ed.) Objects Come to Life Virtual Exhibition, Birmingham Egyptology.

Notes:  Uniform beads, amulets, and scarabs could be mass-produced by forming the objects in moulds, such as ECM 1017 and ECM 1818, before firing. These moulds may have come from known Eighteenth Dynasty faience workshops, such as those at Amarna and Malkata.

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