- Museum number
Gold penannular ear-ring: made in two halves from a thick sheet of gold, shaped and then soldered together. At either end of the pennanular loop a further small piece of sheet gold was added to give the impression that the ear-ring was not hollow. The exterior seam is hidden by an applied band in the form of a rope plaited from three fine wires of gold; the interior seam was not further obscured. As observed, it has one circular loop at the end of the plait for attaching to the earlobe.
Diameter: 2.73 centimetres
Thickness: 0.94 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
It is unclear whether this forms a pair of ear-rings with 1851,0519.30. Although they reached the British Museum in the same year, they apparently came from two different sources.
J.H. Taylor and N.C. Strudwick, Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Treasures from The British Museum, Santa Ana and London 2005, pp. 188-9, pl. on pp. 188-9.
For similar earrings found in an intact 18th dynasty tomb at Abydos, see Egypt’s Golden Age (exhibition catalogue, Boston, 1982): 229-30 . Includes references to other excavated examples.
- On display (G61/dc4/sB)
- Exhibition history
1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image
1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image
2001 26 Jun-23 Sep, Birmingham Gas Hall, Egypt Revealed
2005-2008, California, The Bowers Museum, Death and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.2755b (Birch Slip Number?)