Beads in the form of a pair of ducks

citation

Blue with white and red stripes. Traditionally attributed to late Dynasty XVIII, but possibly Roman or later.

Historical period(s)
Dynasty 18, New Kingdom, ca. 1539-1295 BCE
Medium
Glass
Dimensions
H x W: 2.1 x 1.7 cm (13/16 x 11/16 in)
Geography
Egypt
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1909.792
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Glass, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Bead

Keywords
duck, Dynasty 18 (ca. 1539 - 1295 BCE), Egypt, New Kingdom (ca. 1539 - 1075 BCE)
Provenance

To 1909
Giovanni Dattari (circa 1858-1923), Cairo, Egypt, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Giovanni Dattari in 1909 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See S.I. 189, Miscellaneous List, Egyptian Glass, pgs. 1 and 38, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. This piece is part of a collection of glass that was purchased en bloc and includes 1,388 specimens (for further purchase information, see the folder for F1909.332).

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Giovanni Dattari (C.L. Freer source) 1858 - 1923

Description

Blue with white and red stripes. Traditionally attributed to late Dynasty XVIII, but possibly Roman or later.

Label

From the New Kingdom (ca. 1539–1075 B.C.E.) onward, Egyptian artisans used glass to fashion small objects such as jewelry, amulets, and miniatures. Glass beads in the form of a duck, either a single bird or a pair, were made during Dynasty 18 (ca. 1539–1295 B.C.E.).

Published References
  • Richard Ettinghausen. Ancient Glass in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1962. p. 7, fig. 3.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Egyptian Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum