Anklet of beads - ROM2016_15062_7


Anklet of beads

Geography: Excavated at Armant, Egypt
Date: c. 2040-1650 BC
Period: 11th-13th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom
13 x 1.7 cm
Object number: 935.20.122
Credit Line: Gift Of Sir Robert Mond
Not on view

Shiny black or smoky grey beads of hematite, a form of iron, were made in Egypt from at least Old Kingdom times, though the use of hematite in amulets became more prevalent in the Late Period.  Apart from its beauty, hematite may have had some magical or amuletic associations.  Petrie (Amulets, 1914) suggested that it had connotations of "witchery and evil eye."

This attractive anklet dates to the Middle Kingdom, from which time many fine anklets have been preserved.

Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society
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