Mold for Cornflower Pendant

New Kingdom, Amarna Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 122

This mold from Amarna was used to produce cornflower pendants (see 31.114.2a). The mold would hae been created by using an existing pendant to impress a shape into a pad of clay, which was then fired. The mold was then used to produce cornflower pendants in faience paste. Once molded, the pendant was not fired in the mold, but tipped out of it to dry before later firing, so that the mold itself could be used many times in quick succession. Eventually the mold, because it was porous, soaked up some of the paste materials - the whitish cloud seen over the surface within this mold is the result. After considerable use, the mold would have blurred and been discarded.

Mold for Cornflower Pendant, Pottery

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