A rare Egyptian Glass Eye Bead, Amarna Period, ca. 1386 - 1349 BCE
A rare Egyptian Glass Eye Bead, Amarna Period, ca. 1386 - 1349 BCE

A rare Egyptian Glass Eye Bead, Amarna Period, ca. 1386 - 1349 BCE


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Flinders Petrie had a special interest in the manufacture of glass in Egypt, and, for this reason, he brought back a large number of items, which were presented to various museum collections. Of this quantity, less than 9% are 18th Dynasty tiny eye beads. These beads were manufactured by impressing the eye decoration on the flattened section of the beads’ round matrix ( Xia, Nai. Ancient Egyptian Beads (p. 154, GD34– 35). Within the Petrie museum, all flattened eye bead examples show an applied stratification of either a red (eye) white (ring), and blue (base), usually upon a white matrix or, such as this example, a yellow matrix, a black eye on a white ring. These standards no doubt held special significance to the Egyptians.

For related examples see Petrie museum UC51655, UC51171, and UC51185.

Dimensions: Bead length: 7 mm (0.27 inches)

Condition: Pierced horizontally for stringing with missing loop attachment at the top otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.

Provenance:  Theodore Pratt Jr private collection, acquired in Egypt in the 1950s and then by descent.

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