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plaque

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA6238

  • Description

    Fragment of a plaque: fragment of an opaque red glass plaque preserving at its right edge the profile of a man facing left. Although he has neither royal nor divine insignia, he is probably intended to be a king as he wears a bag-wig of mosaic glass composed of white and blue circles. At the top of the headdress are two incomplete cone-like projections in green and blue mosaic glass. The flesh is in opaque yellow glass. At the extreme left edge are two small areas of relief in blue and white too incomplete to be identified. It is probable that they were objects held in the outstretched arms of this figure. The reliefs were moulded and presumably fused to the background.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1stC (?)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 5.8 centimetres (max)
  • Bibliography

    • Cooney 1976 324 bibliographic details
  • Acquisition date

    1836

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA6238

  • Registration number

    .6238

  • Additional IDs

    • BS.6238 (Birch Slip Number)
Oval cameo gem: the gem was moulded in translucent orange-brown glass having in high relief the profile head of a Ptolemaic queen or goddess facing left, wearing a curled wig and the vulture headdress. She also wears a fine 'wesekh' necklace. Not many of these glass gems known to be from Egypt have survived.

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Oval cameo gem: the gem was moulded in translucent orange-brown glass having in high relief the profile head of a Ptolemaic queen or goddess facing left, wearing a curled wig and the vulture headdress. She also wears a fine 'wesekh' necklace. Not many of these glass gems known to be from Egypt have survived.

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