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Cylinder bead: of glazed composition with fine bore. The glaze has decayed to a dull brown.
Diameter: 0.70 centimetres
Length: 1.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Chamber M seems to have been used as a rubbish hole: the objects in it were generally damaged. The latest pottery and flints date to the reign of Peribsen and the jewellery is not likely to be much earlier.
W. M. F. Petrie, 'Abydos' II (London, 1902-4), 23, 26;
E. A. Wallis Budge 'A Guide to the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Egyptian Rooms, and the Coptic Room' (London, 1922), 290, no. 227.
For general references on Early Dynastic glazed beads, see W. M. F. Petrie, 'Abydos' I (London, 1902), pl.LLI, W. M. F. Petrie, 'Gizeh and Rifeh' (Warminster, 1977), pl.III. upper right; W. M. F. Petrie, 'Tarkhan I and Memphis V' (London, 1913), pl.XIV; W. M. F. Petrie, 'Tarkhan' II (London, 1914), pl.XLIV; W. M. F. Petrie, 'Royal Tombs of the Earliest Dynasties' II, pls.XXXVIII, 11, 13, 20-21, 25, 28-9, 33, 35; XLIV, 41-2; T. E. Peet, in E. Naville (ed.), 'Cemeteries of Abydos' II, 34 (S.609); G. A. Reisner, 'The early dynastic cemeteries of Naga-ed-Dêr' I, (California, 1908), 118, pis.8, no. 12; 41a, (1584 5b); 73c; A. C. Mace in G. A. Reisner (ed.), 'The early dynastic cemeteries of Naga-ed-Dêr' II, (California, 1908), pl.47b; J. E. Quibell, 'Excavations at Saqqara, 1912-1914: Archaic Mastabas’ (Cairo, 1923), pl.XI, 7; J. E. Quibell, ‘Archaic Objects’ (Cairo, 1905), nos. 14125, 14135. 14140 and pl.44; J. E. Quibell & F. W. Green, 'Hierakonpolis' II (London, 1989), pl.XXIII; G. Brunton, 'Qau and Badari' I (London, 1927), pl.XVII; G. Brunton, 'British Museum expedition to Middle Egypt, 1929-1931 Matmar' (London, 1948), pl.XXII, 35-6, 38-45, 48, 50, 52-3, 56, 63, 67; Z. Y. Saad, 'The excavations at Helwan art and civilization in the first and second Egyptian dynasties' (Norman, 1969), pls.77-82 (some possibly later than Early Dynastic); A. Scharff, ‘Die Altertümer der Vor – und Frühzeit Ägyptens’ II (Berlin, 1929-31), nos. 170-2, 174-6, 179-80, 182 and pl.28; W. B. Emery, 'Great tombs of the First Dynasty; excavations at Sakkara' III (London, 1958), 81 and pls.99, 108.
- Not on display
- fair (one end broken and glaze gone brown)
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
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