Ancient Egyptian Gold Bead

£ 225.00

A fine Ancient Egyptian bead moulded from gold perhaps resembling a wide-neck jar. The bead features a curved shape possibly depicted a globular body tapering inwards slightly to a cylindrical neck leading to an outsplayed everted rim. The bead is pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Date: Circa 1550 – 1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Condition: Excellent condition.


SKU: LD-425 Category:

Egypt was a country rich in natural gold, taking advantage of the fruitfulness of neighbouring Nubia, which was rich of the natural element. Egyptian gold, in its pure form, contained silver and the varying colours of Egyptian gold represents the amount of silver also found. Originally only the pharaohs were in possession of the precious metal however it became popular and circulated amongst nobles and the higher class. Pharaohs would send expeditions out to retrieve the metal in which it would then be passed on to Egyptian goldsmiths. The gold was melted down using charcoal and blow pipes and then poured into the desired moulds. Alternatively, the gold was hammered down to thin sheets and used where appropriate to decorate.

To find out more about Ancient Egyptian amulets please see our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings.

Weight 0.91 g
Dimensions L 0.9 x W 0.5 cm



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