By Nai Xia
This publication offers a close research and thorough research of the original number of historical Egyptian beads within the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London.
The ebook first discusses the archaeological worth of beads and the strategy hired within the research of them, in particular emphasizing the significance of the means of bead-making for courting reasons. It then examines and evaluates numerous schemes for the class of beads. The ebook is going directly to suggest a brand new type procedure and works out a complete corpus of beads through 16 plates.
Next, the ebook includes a chronological survey that info the fabric, typology (including the technical peculiarities), use, association and pictorial illustration of beads through the 9 divisions or sessions of historic Egyptian historical past. This survey issues out the features of every interval in addition any touch Egypt can have skilled with international international locations as proven by means of the beads. It additionally corrects a lot improper identifications of fabrics and unsuitable datings.
This ebook is predicated at the Ph.D dissertation written by way of pioneering chinese language archaeologist Xia Nai while he studied in London collage collage a few 70 years in the past and who had direct entry to huge firsthand assets on the leading edge of Egyptology examine. It represents a vital and long-awaited develop in archaeology, not just for Egypt yet for the learn of the earlier throughout Africa and beyond.
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This will be discussed in the section on ‘‘Beads of Grazed Stone’’. 68 69 Cf. Beck, Classification, pp. 55–57. Cf. Vernier, La bijouterie, p. 139. 2 Section II: Beads of Soft Stone Beads of soft stone were probably made in the same workshop as those of hard stone. Since the latter has already been discussed at considerable length, our discussion here will be limited to those points of the technical methods, which are particular to the soft stone due to the nature of material. Firstly, the method of roughly shaping was probably different.
Dr. 73 The evidence of the slicing process being after the perforation is that the latter is frequently at an angle to the axis of bead even for thin disc beads. It seems due to the fact that the drilling was done when the bead was still in the form of long cylinder and so the slight deflexion of direction of the drill was almost bound to occur. Myers has noticed it on some steatite beads, but he suggests that ‘‘might this not be due to the use of three shafts simultaneously with the bowdrill’’74 Since we only know the use of the multiple bow drill from some pictorial representations of the New Kingdom, but almost all of the disc beads of soft stone are derived from the Predynastic period, I think it is unlikely to be the case.
The dividing surface had been worked into a series of chevrons or zigzags, so as to present a starlike pattern on a cross section. 11 6. Decoration by cut-off rod on a matrix. A mosaic rod of glass was made either by dipping a slender glass stick in successive baths of liquid glass of alternating colours or by fusing together numerous minute sticks placed on end. The cross section of such a mosaic rod usually well-known method. For example, there is one class of cylindrical beads cut from some hollow cane which seems never to have been drawn out and which shows no trace of folding.
Ancient Egyptian Beads by Nai Xia