Advertisement

Ancient Egyptian Beads

  • Nai Xia

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nai Xia
      Pages 3-6
    3. Nai Xia
      Pages 7-8
    4. Nai Xia
      Pages 9-12
    5. Nai Xia
      Pages 13-15
  3. Technical Methods of Bead-Making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Nai Xia
      Pages 23-26
    3. Nai Xia
      Pages 27-36
    4. Nai Xia
      Pages 37-41
    5. Nai Xia
      Pages 43-46
    6. Nai Xia
      Pages 47-49
  4. Classification and Corpus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Nai Xia
      Pages 53-56
    3. Nai Xia
      Pages 57-58
    4. Nai Xia
      Pages 59-64
    5. Nai Xia
      Pages 65-70
  5. Chronological Survey

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-72
    2. Nai Xia
      Pages 73-81
    3. Nai Xia
      Pages 83-87
    4. Nai Xia
      Pages 89-95
    5. Nai Xia
      Pages 97-101
    6. Nai Xia
      Pages 103-110
    7. Nai Xia
      Pages 111-115
    8. Nai Xia
      Pages 117-125
    9. Nai Xia
      Pages 127-136
    10. Nai Xia
      Pages 137-145
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 147-173

About this book

Introduction

This book presents a detailed analysis and thorough study of the unique collection of Ancient Egyptian beads in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London.

The book first discusses the archaeological value of beads and the method employed in the study of them, especially emphasizing the importance of the technique of bead-making for dating purposes. It then examines and evaluates various schemes for the classification of beads. The book goes on to propose a new classification system and works out a comprehensive corpus of beads with the aid of sixteen plates

Next, the book features a chronological survey that details the material, typology (including the technical peculiarities), use, arrangement and pictorial representation of beads throughout the nine divisions or periods of Ancient Egyptian history. This survey points out the characteristics of each period as well any contact Egypt may have experienced with foreign countries as shown by the beads. It also corrects many wrong identifications of materials and mistaken datings.

This book is based on the Ph.D dissertation written by pioneering Chinese archaeologist Xia Nai when he studied in London College University some 70 years ago, and who had direct access to considerable firsthand resources at the forefront of Egyptology research. It represents a crucial and long-awaited advance in archaeology, not only for Egypt but for the study of the past across Africa and beyond.

Keywords

Ancient Egyptian beads Archaeological Value of Beads Bead corpus Egyptian archaeology Egyptology research Technique of beads-making

Authors and affiliations

  • Nai Xia
    • 1
  1. 1.Chinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina

Bibliographic information