- Museum number
A string composed of forty long convex bicone beads of amethyst with gold foil caps and an uninscribed amethyst scarab. The beads are graded in size, the largest at the centre. The gold foil caps are made from pieces of sheet gold folded in at the boring at each end of the beads. On the beads whose caps are missing glue can be seen which once held the foil in position. The back of the scarab bears incised lines indicating the head and wing-case divisions; the legs are shown by rough scoring.
- Production date
- 1900BC-1800BC (circa)
Length: 1.20 centimetres (each bead)
Length: 2.50 centimetres (scarab)
Length: 68.50 centimetres (whole string)
- Curator's comments
The British Museum, 'A Guide to the Third and Fourth Egyptian Rooms' (London, 1904), 22, no. 599;
E. A. Wallis Budge 'A Guide to the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Egyptian Rooms, and the Coptic Room' (London, 1922), 95, no. 599;
The British Museum, 'Jewellery through 7000 years' [exhibition catalogue] (London, 1976), no. 24b.
- On display (G65/dc1)
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number