Beads - ROM2018_16320_38



Medium:Amethyst and gold
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 2055-1650 BC
Period: 11th-13th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom
50.4 cm
Object number: 922.8.40
Credit Line: Gift of the Members of the Royal Ontario Museum
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

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 amethyst. The golden bead spacers are made of sheet gold folded into tubes or rough spheres.

The central element in the necklace as strung is an amulet of a ba which is one of the aspects of a human personality and body, which separated from each other after death. The ba shown as a human-headed bird, promised mobility and activity after death. This is a modern stringing and the beads are, unfortunately, without provenance

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