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Date Made/Found: 1550-1069 BC
Collector: Collected by Reverend Greville John Chester , British, 1830 - 1892
Donor: Reverend Greville John Chester , British, 1830 - 1892
Material and Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions: Length 24mm, width 21mm, depth 9mm
Place Object Found: Egypt
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: J21.6.76.47
Ancient Egyptian craftworkers used these moulds to make amulets. People wore amulets as jewellery over their clothing and attached them to mummy wrappings after death for protection. Amulets came in many shapes, sizes and materials. This mould was for making amulets in the form of an open lotus flower. The lotus flower was a symbol of regeneration. It was associated with the sun's cycle as the flower closed its petals at night and reopened them in the morning.

Craftworkers used a wide variety of materials to produce artistic and practical objects. They worked in wood, stone, glass, metal, ceramic and textile. They made many different types of items from faience, including statuettes, amulets and beads. Faience is a type of glassy ceramic, also known as glazed composition.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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