Diameter: 44.000 cm (exterior)
Good luck necklace
Said to be from: Thebes, Egypt
Date: Middle Kingdom, 1991-1750 BC
The ancient Egyptians wore amulets to bring good luck and keep evil forces away. Each amulet had a special power. This string of beads contains many amulets which each protect in different ways:
• At the bottom is a lotus flower attached to a seated god. The
god raises his arms. Together these make up a hieroglyph meaning
'millions of years', which was a wish for long life.
• The gold cowrie shells were worn by women, particularly when they were pregnant.
• The fish amulets may be a charm against drowning. Children often wore amulets like these.
• The curly objects are beards or locks of hair.