Personal ornament in form of sheet metal disc with suspension loop in centre of top edge. Thirteen suspension loops soldered on to lower edge for rings and hollow balls. Front surface of disc has figurative decoration, characterised by use of herringbone patterns and punched dots. Border incised around the disc has series of punched dots. Back of disc is plain.
- Found/Acquired: Bahriya Oasis
- (Africa,Egypt,Western Desert,Bahriya Oasis)
- Length: 10 centimetres
- Diameter: 8.5 centimetres
This disc is similar in form to zar amulets which are used predominantly in the Nile Valley but are also known in Kharga and Dakhla Oases. The zar ceremony is performed in an attempt to ward off evil spirits and involves the use of a range of amuletic jewellery. The Bahriyan disc is likely to have been used at all times of life by women and girls as a piece of jewellery rather than as a protective amulet.
Fair; one suspension ring and ball missing, suspension loop at top damaged.
13 August 1995
Clean to improve appearance.
Cleaned using 'Goddards'silver dip.Rinsed in running tap water and dried with paper tissues.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EAF64068
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