Characteristics of this fine blue glass ear stud show the quality of 18th Dynasty glassmaking as well as some of the rich colors available to the craftsmen. Of papyrus style, it comprises a body of translucent deep blue glass, highlighted at the base with a fine contrasting spiral coil of opaque yellow and with a white band at the rim.
This piece was core-formed, whereby a clay or dung core is fashioned over a small metal rod. Glass was probably trailed or pulled onto the core by means of a second tool, then marvered smooth on a flat surface. Trails of contrasting colors were wound onto the small piece and marvered smooth. The finished stud was removed from the rod, annealed, then the core was scraped out. The piece was now ready to wear.
Published: Christie's, London, Ancient Egyptian Glass and Faience from the 'Per-neb' Collection, Part III, 8 December 1993, lot 237.
Dimensions: Length: 2 cm (0.78 inches)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Private collection, Switzerland, acquired between the 1920s to early 1940s. Christie's, London, Ancient Egyptian Glass and Faience from the 'Per-neb' Collection, Part III, 8 December 1993, lot 237. Jacobs collection, Switzerland since 1993.