Silver in Ancient Egypt was a scarce material and was generally considered to be more precious than gold. There was less of it to go around. The Ancient Egyptians were able to mine gold fairly easily, but when it came to Silver, it was much more difficult to come by. So how did they get it? Trade, of course!

Because of its pale colour, the Ancient Egyptians associated it with The Moon, purity and the bones of the Gods.

Artisans would beat the silver into sheets to plate mirror surfaces and other precious objects. Silver degrades much faster than gold so that’s why most surviving examples of silver tend to be in worse condition than gold objects.

One of the most impressive uses of Silver in Ancient Egypt was the solid silver sarcophagus of Pharaoh, Sheshonq II. (Second picture) Lavish!