Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Necklaces that include shells are known from earliest times. They may have been purely decorative, or perhaps they had some unknown meaning for the Egyptians. But royal women had nerita-shell-shaped amulets made from gold.
ca. 2008-1630 B.C.E.
1/2 x 18 11/16 in. length (1.2 x 47.5 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
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Necklace, ca. 2008-1630 B.C.E. Faience, shell, 1/2 x 18 11/16 in. length (1.2 x 47.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 26.167. Creative Commons-BY
overall, 26.167_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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Single strand necklace of blue faience beads, the small ones circular, the larger tubular. The colors vary from gray to vivid blue, one bead being marked with black manganese. The shells of a small sea animal, presumably a species of snail are scattered at the ends of the necklace with one large shell in the center.
Condition: A few beads are broken.
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