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Egyptian Flower Beads, Amarna Period, C. 1340 BC.

Pegasus Gallery Antiquities


A set of four brightly coloured beads in the form of daisy flowers from the site of Tel-el- Amarna. These would have been attached to a collar necklace commonly used by royal and the higher elite. 

Background: This form of bead comes from the reign of Akhenaten and Nefertiti during the Amarna Period; these two iconic individuals changed the normal structure of ancient Egypt and abolished the normal pantheon of gods in place of the new religion focusing on the sun disc called 'The Aten'. This was a period where unrest and change as art was transformed and became more naturalistic and colourful. The Egyptians were well known to exaggerate with reported unrealistic stories and claims. Akhenaten and Nefertiti brought in a new type of perception of art and architecture in their new city Tel el Amarna. These colours vary.

Dimensions: 4mm-5mm.

Condition: Good overall condition.

Provenance: Ex. Private Collection, UK. Acquired from his mother who inherited them from her mother who was a nurse in World War II.

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