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A Rare Nubian Arm Band, Pan Grave Culture, ca. 1759-1539 B.C.

EJ1745

When archaeologists first uncovered a group of shallow, pan-shaped graves at the site of Abydos in Upper Egypt, they designated the owners as the “pan-grave” people. The burials were accompanied by pottery of Nubian type and weapons of Egyptian manufacture.  One of the key features identifying Pan-Graves are the jewelry armbands.   Made of small, mother-of-pearl rectangular plaques known as “spacers”, each plaque has a boring at each of their long ends and are strung together lengthwise, edge to edge to form a flexible band. The material used to string the plaques together was either sinew, a substance commonly used for threading, or leather strips, both found in Nubia.

Condition:  Intact and in excellent condition overall, restrung using synthetic cording.

Dimensions: Length: 7 inches (17.78 cm)

Provenance:  Private collection of Jaenette Walen, Holland, acquired prior to 1914.



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