Gold bead with a chased cartouche

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.


Object Place: Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

44.36

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Beads

Hollow gold oval (scaraboid) with double transverse holes. Impressed cartouche “Men-kheper-re” between winged uraeae and “ankh”-signs. Back plain, soldered on.

[Alternate Text:]
In the center of the decoration is the cartouche, or oval, ring with the prenomen of King Thutmose III, which reads Men-kheper-re.

[Alternate Text:]
The New Kingdom (1570-1070 B.C.) saw a great flowering of the jeweler’s art as improvements in the manufacture of faience (a quartz bodied ceramic) combined with the invention of glass-making to produce a dazzling variety of ornaments in new forms and colors.

Provenance

Acquired by Peabody Museum from Dr. Grant Bey, Cairo, 1887. Peabody Museum No. 45865 or 6. Exchanged by V/T January 21, 1937 and V/C January 7, 1944 with Peabody Museum, Harvard University.
(Accession Date: January 7, 1947)

Credit Line

By exchange with the Peabody Museum, Harvard