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Amuletic string: the string consists of long and short conical beads with two convex ends made of blue and green glazed composition, long and short convex bicone beads of amethyst, a four-celled fruit bead of bright-blue glazed composition, a scarab, sphinx or 'ba'-amulet and a Taweret amulet, all of green feldspar, and an amethyst baboon amulet. All the amulets have incised details. The base of the scarab is uninscribed.
Length: 21.50 centimetres (string)
- Curator's comments
- Registered as First Intermediate Period, but the form of the amulets and their materials suggest that this was one of the burials of Middle Kingdom date excavated by Frankfort.
For other examples of scarabs, see 1886,0605.22 & 1926,0728.146 & .3096 & 1898,0315,444 & 1898,1008.57 & 1899,1016.1230 & 1899,1016.1234 & 1901,0608.187.b & 1901,0608.187.a & .3095 & 1899,1016.1233.
For commentary on 'ba'-amulets, see W. M. F. Petrie, ‘Amulets’ (London, 1914), pl. XXXIII, 185e-h: Petrie calls these amulets female sphinxes with cat bodies; H. Junker, ‘Bericht über die Grabungen der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wein auf den Friedhöfen von el-Kubanieh-Nord. Winter 1910-11’ (Vienna, 1920), pl. 10, group 80, 13.m.3; E. R. Ayrton, C. T Currelly and A. E. P. Weigall, ‘Abydos’ III (London, 1904), pl. XII, group 2; T. E. Peet, ‘The Cemeteries of Abydos, part II. 1911-12’ (London, 1914), pl. X, groups 9, 10; W. M. F. Petrie, ‘Diospolis Parva: the Cemeteries of Abadiyeh and Hu. 1898-9’ (London, 1901), pl. XXVII, group W 38; Earl of Carnarvon & H. Carter, 'Five Years' Exploration at Thebes, 1907-11' (London, 1912), pl. XLVI, 2F: all Middle Kingdom.
For baboon amulets, see W. M. F. Petrie, ‘Amulets’ (London, 1914), pl. XXXVII, 206; G. Brunton, 'Qau and Badari' II (London, 1927-30), pl. XCIV, class 14; Earl of Carnarvon & H. Carter, 'Five Years' Exploration at Thebes, 1907-11' (London, 1912), pl. XLVI.
'British Museum Quarterly' 1 (1926), pl.XXXVb;
H. Frankfort in 'Journal of Egyptian Archaeology' 16 (1930), 213-19 describes the excavations but does not mention this particular burial.
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