Terracotta amulet-mould; impression of a simplified version of wedjat eye inscribed in a rectangle; outer edge of impression is oval; would have formed right eye when moulded; two deep grooves marked through edge of mould down to level of bottom of impression, so the amulet produced from this mould would be pierced horizontally from side to side; remains of pale yellow paste/glaze inside; also white traces on the mould; made of red brown Nile clay with some negatives of plant remain and some yellow mineral inclusions (decayed limestone?); complete.
- Production date
- 600 BC-570 BC (?)
Length: 2.65 centimetres (amulet impression)
Length: 4.70 centimetres
Thickness: 2 centimetres
Width: 2.35 centimetres (amulet impression)
Width: 4.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- In addition to glazed composition scarabs and scaraboids, the ‘Scarab Factory’ at Naukratis was also producing amulets (on the various productions from the Scarab Factory see Webb, forthcoming; see also Gorton 1996, 177-180, fig. 35). Petrie listed a number of amulet-moulds found at the Scarab Factory including moulds for wedjat eyes of different types (Petrie 1886, 37, pl. XXXVIII, 16-17).
Several moulds used to produced wedjat eye amulets of the same type were discovered in Naukratis: BM 1920.0417.1, BM 1896,0610.31 and BM 1888,0601.748 (made from same master?).
This example was discovered along with several moulds during Hogarth's excavation in 1903. According to Hogarth's list of antiquities from that year (list of Box 1), it came from the Hellenion area. Hogarth actually referred to North East town, including the Hellenion and an industrial area to the East. Could that be evidence for a second workshop in that area? These moulds do not differ from the ones discovered in the Scarab Factory area.
Gorton, A. F. 1996, Egyptian and Egyptianizing scarabs: a typology of steatite, faience and paste scarabs from Punic and other Mediterranean sites, Oxford.
Petrie, W. M. F. 1886, Naukratis. Part I, 1884-5 (Third Memoir of the Egypt Exploration Fund), London.
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
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: AN1896-1908-E.4573 (Accession Number)