Beads forming eye of Horus necklace - ROM2016_15061_44


Beads forming eye of Horus necklace

Medium:Glazed composition (faience), shell, possibly carnelian, jet and glass
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1800-525 BC
Period: Reportedly 12th and 26th Dynasties
94.5 cm
Object number: 910.48.89
Not on view

This necklace is a pastiche of beads enlivened by two wedjat eyes made in differing time periods.  While ancient beads could be handed down in families as heirlooms, and otherwise 'recycled' over the long centuries of Egyptian history, this necklace seems to have been assembled in modern times. At one point it was displayed in the Museum as two separate strings of beads, each with a central Eye of Horus amulet

The large pale green faience biconical beads may be Middle Kingdom, while the smaller wedjat eye  probably dates to the Twenty-sixth Dynasty.  The small ‘mummy beads’ are difficult to date without context.

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