Cast bell, of a likely amuletic function, in copper alloy; conical with circular ring for suspension on top; two small animal heads in relief placed on the upper part of the bell, probably heads of ram, jackal or lioness according to parallels; pendulum missing.
- Production date
- 4thC BC (late) - 3rdC BC (late) (likely)
Diameter: 2.70 centimetres (bottom)
Height: 3.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Several bells of a similar type were discovered in Naukratis: Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 86.317 and 88.752; Greenock, McLean Museum & Art Gallery 1987.443 (very corroded); BM 1888,0601.8; BM 1885,1101.101.
On small bronze bells decorated with a Bes head and mythological animals: Anderson 1976, 32-34, no. 33-38; Hickmann 1949, pl. XXIII and XXVI. They are often dated to the Graeco-Roman or Roman period. This one should date back to Ptolemaic period according to its context of discovery, the cemetery. In this context, they likely had an amuletic function (Petrie 1914, 28). The decorated bells BM 1888,0601.8 and Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 88.752 originated also from the cemetery of Naukratis.
Anderson, R.D. 1976, Catalogue of Egyptian Antiquities in the British Museum III, Musical Instruments, London.
Hickmann, H. 1949, Instruments de musique, Catalogue général du Musée du Caire, Cairo.
Petrie, W.M.F. 1914, Amulets, London.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 88.751 (Accession Number)
Miscellaneous number: M.1511 (Metalworks ledger number)