String of beads and amulets - ROM2018_16320_26


String of beads and amulets

Medium:Mulitcoloured glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 664-525 BC
Period: 26th (Saite) Dynasty, Late Period
71.9 cm
Object number: 910.48.82
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

      This necklace is probably a pastiche of beads incorporating a large blue faience wadjet eye of the Twenty-sixth Dynasty, twenty-one large cylindrical blue glass beads, six amulets (two djed pillars, one each of Re, Horus Isis and Nephthys,) and a number of small beads of various materials and dates. While ancient beads could be handed down in families as heirlooms, and otherwise 'recycled' over the long centuries of Egyptian history, and such strings of beads have been found on mummies of the Late Period, this necklace seems to have been assembled in modern times. 


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