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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Egyptian
Title:Bead net
Date Made:1570-332 BCE (Dynasties 18-31)
Type:Adornment
Materials:Egyptian faience
Place Made:Africa; Egypt
Measurements:Overall: 4 3/4 in x 7 1/2 in; 12.1 cm x 19 cm
Accession Number:  MH 1910.22.6.A.M
Credit Line:Purchase with Acquisition Fund
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Currently on view

Description:
Turquoise beads from necklace restrung in diamond pattern to simulate bead-netting over a mummy, in style of Dynasties 25-26 (747-525 BCE). Network has rectangular shape overall and is composed of tubular beads with small turquoise and white ring beads at intersections of the netting. Modern stringing.

Label Text:
According to ancient Egyptian belief, the body was required for use in the afterlife and every effort was taken to preserve it. After mummification, bodies were placed in rectangular or human-shaped coffins that sometimes had inlaid eyes. Coffins were often brightly painted, as is shown by the fragments with floral garlands and the sheltering wing of a deity. A winged scarab amulet sewn onto the mummy wrappings over the heart ensured the individual’s success at the time of judgment and, in later periods, bead netting covered the bandages. The dead frequently wore jewelry, including bracelets of cowrie shells, ivory, or other materials.

2016

Tags:
ancient; archaeology; beads; costume; deaths; tombs; ceremonies

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