An Egyptian Glass Ear Plug Pendant Necklace, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, ca. 1550 - 1295 BCE
An Egyptian Glass Ear Plug Pendant Necklace, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, ca. 1550 - 1295 BCE

An Egyptian Glass Ear Plug Pendant Necklace, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, ca. 1550 - 1295 BCE

EJ2306

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Characteristics of this hollow 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 black glass, with a thread of yellow marvered into the body. Now modern set at a pendant, this piece was core-formed, whereby a clay or dung core is fashioned over a metal rod. Glass was probably trailed or pulled onto the core by means of a second tool, then marvered or smoothed 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. 

Reference: Spaer Israel Museum 497-498, Cooney British Museum IV 975-983, 986-994, 996-998, 1017, 1889-1894, Goldstein Corning 124, Carol Andrews Egyptian Jewelry 114-116, plate 96a, d, e, Christies Per-neb Collection III #229-233, 235-240, Ernesto Wolf Collection 8, Christies Kofler-Truniger 284, Petrie UC22879 

Medium: Glass

Dimensions: Length: 2.2 cm (0.86 inches)

Condition: Loss to the rim as shown, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.  Modern set as a pendant with a 14K Yellow Gold Diamond-set mount and our 18K yellow gold adjustable 18" chain.

Provenance: old French collection, likely pre WWII, acquired Hotel Drouot Paris, ex Washington DC collection

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