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, banded alabaster
- 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
- 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, banded alabaster, 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
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