Single Strand Necklace with Bead and 5 Scarabs
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Most ancient Egyptians owned at least one necklace.
The simplest examples were made of tiny beads of shell, bone, faience, metal, or glazed steatite. More complex versions had beads in the form of amulets, including uraeus-cobras, wedjat-eyes (the eye of the falcon-god Horus, symbolizing wholeness), scarabs (charms in the form of beetles), or images of gods such as Hathor. Individual beads as well as complete necklaces had significance. Beads reproducing fruits or flowers, such as the examples in this case, were believed to enhance fertility. Military officers presented fly necklaces to valiant soldiers to acknowledge their tenacity in battle.
ca. 1390-1292 B.C.E.
Overall Length: 12 5/8 in. (32 cm)
(Largest Scarab): 3/16 x 3/8 x 1/2 in. (0.5 x 0.9 x 1.3 cm)
(Smallest Scarab): 3/16 x 5/16 x 3/8 in. (0.4 x 0.8 x 1 cm)
(Cowroid): 3/16 x 1/4 x 3/8 in. (0.4 x 0.6 x 0.9 cm)
Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
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Single Strand Necklace with Bead and 5 Scarabs, ca. 1390-1292 B.C.E. Faience, Overall Length: 12 5/8 in. (32 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 15.498. Creative Commons-BY
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 12/10/2007
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