Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Glass and faience were both difficult materials for making jewelry.
Eighteenth Dynasty artisans frequently created glass reproductions of traditional metal and stone forms. These early glassworkers, still perfecting their skills, often reduced intricate details like inscriptions to simple lines.
Late Eighteenth Dynasty faiencemanufacturers produced mold-made rings inscribed with royal names. Because these pieces were too fragile to have been worn, they were most likely distributed as royal keepsakes at state occasions.
ca. 1479-1292 B.C.E.
7/8 x 7/8 x 7/16 in. (2.2 x 2.2 x 1.1 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Heart Amulet, ca. 1479-1292 B.C.E. Glass, 7/8 x 7/8 x 7/16 in. (2.2 x 2.2 x 1.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1260E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.37.1260E_37.868E_erg456.jpg)
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Heart amulet of opaque black glass with a festoon pattern of white and yellow glass. The piece is pierced from top to bottom for suspension. There is a piece of copper wire (original?) looped at both ends in this hole.
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