- Museum number
Bracelet: composed of six strings of stone beads threaded between five metal spacer-beads. The spacers are made in two halves, each half decorated with three horizontal and six vertical knobs, representing multiple beads. Four of the spacers are of electrum; one, which has seven divisions and is made from gilded silver, is probably modern. The beads are oblate, spherical, standard and long truncated convex bicones made from cornelian, amethyst, lapis lazuli, green feldspar and turquoise. The two large spherical beads, one at each end, are of green glazed quartz, although much of the glaze is now rubbed away.
- Production date
- 1900BC-1800BC (circa)
Diameter: 1 centimetres (beads spherical)
Height: 1.80 centimetres (spacers)
Length: 23.80 centimetres (whole string)
Width: 4.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Narrow, cigar-shaped beads and spacers of this type are found in jewellery of New as well as Middle Kingdom date, but glazed quartz is relatively uncommon after the Twelfth Dynasty; cf. also for this material J. Garstang, ‘The Burial Customs of Ancient Egypt’, (London, 1907), fig. 100, from tomb 39.
For glazed quartz, see 'Ancient Egypt' (1935), 19-34.
Sotheby and Son, 'Catalogue of Mr Salt's Collection of Egyptian Antiquities, 28th June to 8th July, 1835' (London), lot 640;
The British Museum, 'Jewellery through 7000 years' [exhibition catalogue] (London, 1976), no. 26;
'Art and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt' [exhibition catalogue] (Japan 1999-2000), No 30;
J.H. Taylor and N.C. Strudwick, Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Treasures from The British Museum, Santa Ana and London 2005, pp. 184-5, pl. on pp. 184-5.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001 26 Jun-23 Sep, Birmingham Gas Hall, Egypt Revealed
2005-2008, California, The Bowers Museum, Death and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: EA66900 (Old Big Number)