Beads - 910.48.179_3

910.48.179_3

Beads

Medium:Amethyst and ground and carved and gold foil folded.
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 1985-1773 BC
Period: 12th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom
Object number: 910.48.179
Not on view
Description

The Ancient Egyptians adorned their usually undyed linen garments with flowers or deeply coloured jewellery. Purple amethyst was particularly popular during the Middle Kingdom, when mines at Wadi el Hudi produced a great deal of deeply coloured gem-quality stone. The golden bead spacers are made of sheet gold folded into tubes or rough spheres.  The central element in the necklace as strung is a scarab which has a plain flat back with no inscriptions or drawings.  This is a modern stringing and the beads are, unfortunately, without provenance.            



Collection:
Egypt
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