Necklace of fly beads

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


Dimensions

Length (without modern chain) 10 1/2 in. (26.7cm) Flies 1.1 to 1.7 cm

Accession Number

1980.167

Medium or Technique

Gold; carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Necklaces and neck bands

Gold and carnelian necklace composed of 29 hollow gold flies alternating with spherical carnelian beads and tubular gold foil beads.

Fly ornament necklaces, occasionally presented to courageous soldiers, may have been worn as talismans to ward off insects.

Provenance

1913:collected in Egypt; 1913-1979: New York private collection; 1979: purchased by the MFA at Sotheby Parke Bernet auction December 13, 1979.
(Accession Date: December 13, 1979)

Credit Line

William Stevenson Smith Fund