Faceted Barrel Beads
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Great Hall, South, 1st floor
Although faience appears in various colors, blue was the most common. The blue of lapis lazuli was so valued that it was imitated in this more affordable form while retaining the same symbolic meaning. From its early manufacture, faience was shaped into beads, with the finest faience work appearing in the New Kingdom.
ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E.
late XVIII Dynasty
Diam. of bead 1/4 x 14 3/4 in. (0.7 x 37.5 cm)
as mounted: 7 × 6 × 1/4 in. (17.8 × 15.2 × 0.6 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mrs. Lawrence Coolidge and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, and the Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Faceted Barrel Beads, ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E. Faience, Diam. of bead 1/4 x 14 3/4 in. (0.7 x 37.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Lawrence Coolidge and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, and the Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 48.66.39. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.08.480.198_48.66.39_erg456.jpg)
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