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    Beaded Necklace

    This necklace was discovered in a grave. Ancient Egyptians apparently wore jewelry not only as adornments but also as protective symbols. Beads of different materials may have been chosen for the symbolic qualities of their colors. The amulet represents the head of a powerful bull—or possibly a nurturing cow—and was probably thought to transfer that animal's characteristics to its wearer.

    • Medium: Steatite, carnelian, diorite, porphyry, hematite, banded alabaster, agate, soapstone
    • Place Excavated: Adaima, Egypt
    • Dates: ca. 3500-3300 B.C.E.
    • Period: Predynastic Period-middle Naqada II Period
    • Dimensions: 2 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (6.4 x 5.7 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
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    • Accession Number: 09.889.301a
    • Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Beaded Necklace, ca. 3500-3300 B.C.E. Steatite, carnelian, diorite, porphyry, hematite, banded alabaster, agate, soapstone , 2 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (6.4 x 5.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 09.889.301a. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, CUR.09.889.301a_erg3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 12/11/2007
    • Catalogue Description: Eighteen stone beads of different materials and shapes. Eight very narrow elongated barrels of hematite; one very small disk, light brown carnelian; one small ring of red carnelian; one irregular plump drop of light agate, pierced as a pedant; 2 drops of diorite, pierced as pendants; 2 big pendant drops of white calcite, striped with pink lines, longitudinal in one, which is corroded, transversal in the other; one big broad flattened pendant drop of white and black granite (?); one very big disk of black steatite; one papyrus scepter amulet, pierced in stem as pendant, of mottled gray soapstone. Condition: Stringing modern.
    • Record Completeness: Best (81%)
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