Shell bracelet



Accession Number
W4
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Predynastic case
Object Type
Jewellery, Bracelet/bangle
Period
Predynastic Period
Naqada I to Naqada II
Material
Shell
Provenance
Egypt, Gebelein
Measurements
Diameter: 62mm | Depth: 13mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian

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Description

A white shell bracelet. The label says 'Neolithic 4812 Gebelein, Egypt'. Kemp states that shell bracelets were made from cutting a narrow ring from the base of a large gastropod (Conus) shell.

Bibliography

Needler, Winifred 1984. Predynastic and archaic Egypt in the Brooklyn Museum: with a reexamination of Henri de Morgan's excavations based on the material in the Brooklyn Museum initially studied by Walter Federn and a special zoological contribution on the ivory-handled knife from Abu Zaidan by C. S. Churcher. Wilbour Monographs 9. Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Museum. [pp. 314–315 for further information and references]. Kemp, Barry J. 1967. Shell bracelets in Egypt. In McBurney, C. B. M. (ed.), The Haua Fteah (Cyrenaica) and the Stone Age of the south-east Mediterranean, 374-375. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wellcome Number
A23962 | 19117 (check number)
Other Identity
4812 (excavation number)
Auction
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 06–07 Dec 1920, Lot 150
Previous Owners
George Henry Vize (1845–1914) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 26 Sep 2021

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