Mould-made disc-shaped scaraboid or game-piece in glazed composition; slightly domed and plain back with straight sides; underside plain or with decoration missing (?); badly worn and broken along one side; some remains of pale green glaze; yellowish white core.
- Production date
- 600 BC-570 BC (mainly)
Diameter: 1.30 centimetres (rim)
Thickness: 0.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This piece could be an unfinished disc-shaped scaraboid or, considering its poor state of preservation, has just lost its decoration. The "Scarab Factory" in Naukratis produced lots of this type of scaraboids (on its various productions, see Gorton 1996, 91-131; Webb forthcoming), usually with incised decoration on the underside and pierced. Let's note that the records written (or at least supervised by) Amelia Edwards mention the Scarab Factory as the findspot too.
Gorton, A.F. 1996, Egyptian and Egyptianizing scarabs: a typology of steatite, faience, and paste scarabs from Punic and other Mediterranean sites, Oxford.
Webb, V. forthcoming, Faience finds from Naukratis and their implications for the chronology of the site, in R. Thomas (ed.), forthcoming. Naukratis in Context I: The Nile Delta as a Landscape of Connectivity. Proceedings of the First Naukratis Project Workshop held at The British Museum 16th – 17th December 2011.
- Not on display
- Rather poor, surface quite damaged and eroded
- Acquisition date
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 11.45920 (Accession Number)
Miscellaneous number: Eg.Inv. 2938 (Egyptian Inventory Number)
Miscellaneous number: P.5231 (Pottery & Porcelain Ledger No.)
Miscellaneous number: RES.86.295 (Accession Number)