Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Among the rarest of Middle Kingdom amulets are hollow gold cylinders, usually decorated with tiny gold balls arranged in a geometric pattern. Goldsmiths attached these balls to the cylinders by granulation, a soldering technique developed in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) about 2500 B.C. Some amulets of this type contained tiny pieces of papyrus inscribed with magical spells.
Gold, copper (?)
ca. 1938-1759 B.C.E.
2 1/16 x Diam. of cap 1/4 in. (5.3 x 0.7 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Amuletic cylinder in gold. Decorated with vertical registers of granulation; at each end slightly flaring cap, the upper one furnished with suspension loop. Small holes toward top of cylinder reveal corrosion and suggest presence of copper (?) inner case.
Condition: Upper cap slightly dented. Several minute holes in upper cylinder where granulation has been lost.
Cylindrical Amulet, ca. 1938-1759 B.C.E. Gold, copper (?), 2 1/16 x Diam. of cap 1/4 in. (5.3 x 0.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 59.199.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.59.199.1_erg2.jpg)
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