A rare Egyptian Blue Faience Flail Bead, New Kingdom, ca. 1550-1069 BCE
A flail or flabellum, consisted of a short handle with three beaded strands or flyers attached. It was an ancient symbol of royal power and often depicted with other regalia, generally the crook, but also the mace as depicted on the Narmer Palette or other scepters. In the Pyramid Texts Pepi I is identified with Sopdu:
"The flail is in your hand, the mks-sceptre is behind your hand" Pyramid Texts PT 578. This flail bead of bright blue faience was originally from one of the strands.
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall
Dimensions: Length: 4.5 cm (1 1/2 inches)
Provenance: Private collection of Egyptologist Geoffrey Metz, Sweden acquired in the 1990's.
QUESTIONS? Just click the Contact Us tab on your right.
We ship Tuesday to Friday with FedEx and usually same day if your order is received before 2pm. Within the continental USA, packing, shipping and insurance is free. Depending on size and destination, delivery times range from one to five business days.
For overseas shipments we charge a small flat rate which includes packing, preparation of all customs paperwork, insurance and carrier fees in compliance with all USA and International customs requirements.
Overseas shipments are sent using FedEx International priority but contact us if you have a shipping preference. International customers are responsible for all duties and taxes.
Sands of Time provides a lifetime, unconditional guarantee of authenticity and provenance. Every object you purchase from us is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, stating culture, provenance, and age.
Furthermore, we conduct due diligence to ensure the item, to the best of our knowledge, has not been illegally obtained from an excavation, architectural monument, public institution, or private property. Wherever possible, reference is made to existing collections or publications.Wherever possible, reference is made to existing collections or publications.