Necklace with scarab
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Uronarti, Cemetery, tomb 3
Length: 62 cm (24 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
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String of 141 spherical amethyst beads and 141 gold truncated cylinder beads, with an uninscribed amethyst scarab as a central element. Besides Nubian gold from the mines of the Eastern Desert, amethyst from the quarries of Wadi el-Hudi was of particular value to the Egyptians, especially in the Middle Kingdom, it was used to a great extent for royal jewelry.
From Uronarti, Cemetery, Tomb 3. 1930: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan; 1931: received by the MFA.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition