Beads and amulets - ROM2016_15061_46


Beads and amulets

Medium:Amazonite, beryl, lapis lazuli, jasper, carnelian and feldspar
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 1985-1295 BC
Period: 12th-18th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom-New Kingdom
75 cm
Object number: 910.48.122
Not on view
Description This rich assemblage of ancient beads and amulets was strung together in modern times.  The most prominent of the amulets are seven large figures of Horus-the-Child squatting down, finger to his lips, and wearing the side-lock of youth; five of these, varying from 1.6 cm in length to 1.8, are carnelian, one is amazonite, and one lapis lazuli.  These amulets are probably Eighteenth Dynasty. Such amulets permitted the wearer to participate in the powerful protective spells that the goddess Isis made for her son, Horus. Horus is also represented by four falcon images in amazonite. The necklace has two very pale, translucent carnelian wedjat eyes and one of amazonite.  Eleven poppy capsules, seven red ones of jasper and carnelian, and four green of amazonite and beryl, may represent medicine.  Some of the other amulets are unidentifiable or broken.  Carnelian beads in various sizes and shapes were popular in Egypt for thousands of years; some of these are tiny, less than 2mm in diameter, while others are almost 8 cm.; some are dark, some pale; and some are very weathered while others seem untouched by time.
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