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W4W5 Shell bracelets from Gebelein

These items were purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1920 along with the two stone bracelets. The auction label on the artefacts state that they come from Gebelein. The Predynastic cemeteries at Gebelein had been plundered over a number of years and it is possible that these items were a result of this activity.

Kemp (1967) states that shell bracelets were made by cutting a narrow ring from the base of a large gasterepod (Conus) shell.





Further Reading 

Kemp, B. ‘Appendix 6. Shell Bracelets in Egypt’ in C.B.M. McBurney 1967. The Haua Fteah ( Cyrenaica ) and the Stone Age of the South-east Mediterranean, 374-5.

Needler, W. 1984. Predynastic and Archaic Egypt in The Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Museum, 314-315.


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