© Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico “L. Pigorini”

Name of Object:


Name in original language:



Rome, Italy

Holding Institution:

National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography “Luigi Pigorini”

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Holding Institution (original language):

Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico “Luigi Pigorini”

Date of Object:

Naquada I-II; discovered in 1900–1901

Inventory Number:

inv. 66006

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Length 6 x 9cm




This ivory tooth-shaped amulet, decorated with a series of diagonal parallel lines, comes from the excavations conducted between 1900 to 1901 by David Randall-MacIver and Luigi Pigorini. As a result of earlier excavations by W. Petrie and J. De Morgan, who documented the existence of an era preceding the 1st dynasty, Pigorini, an archaeologist and the director of the "Museo Preistorico Etnografico e Kircheriano", decided to increase the museum’s Egyptian archaeological collection. In 1878 he began to acquire important groups, but the main body of the collection was donated by Randall-MacIver in 1901, from excavations he carried out on the behalf of the Egypt Exploration Fund in the town of el-Amrah, Upper Egypt. Another major purchase — from the Italian Archaeological Mission in Egypt (excavations of Hammamiye) led by Ernesto Schiaparelli, director of the Egyptian Museum in Turin — followed in 1905. The last main acquisition took place in 1913 when the Egyptian objects from Enrico Hillyer Giglioli’s collection entered the museum collection.

Citation of this web page:

Marina Minozzi "Pendant" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;it;183;en

Database entry origination:

Prepared by: Marina Minozzi
Copyedited by: Anne Dowell

MWNF Working Number: IT2 041

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