The shape of this bead was typical in the New Kingdom, particularly the Amarna Period.
ProvenanceReportedly from Egypt in 1918
Joseph Altounian (1890-1954), France; acquired prior to 1937, annex number 266
Altounian was a renowned antique dealers of the 20th century, who kept the company of artists including Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani, the latter of whom he posed for.
Mention of a "box containing 28 amulets of various materials" in the book of goods on December 31, 1921, under number 986, page 16, as well as in the general journal of 1924, page 18. Originally displayed on a moulded tray, with old collection label reading 'ANNEXE No 266'.