Sting of conical carnelian beads - ROM2018_16320_20


Sting of conical carnelian beads

Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 2055-1650 BC
Period: 11th-13th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom
12.6 cm
Bracelet: 12.6 cm
Object number: 910.48.236
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionThis is a modern stringing of twelve fine conical (flail) shaped carnelian beads.  The red translucent form of chalcedony was popular in Egypt from the Predynastic Period through to Roman times and beyond.  Red was associated with the warmth of the sun, with manliness, and with the power and energy of blood.  It could also be linked, however, to the red desert to the West, and to the unruly god, Seth or Sutekh.    The ancient name for carnelian seems to have been 'herset.'        
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