String of beads and aegis

Egyptian


Object Place: Egypt

Dimensions

Amulet: 5.3 x 3.8 cm (2 1/16 x 1 1/2 in.) Diameter and length biconical bead: 3.5 x 1 cm (1 3/8 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

45.963

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Beads

This string of beads is comprised of ten large turquoise blue faience biconical beads alternating with sixteen small light blue faience ball beads. In the center is a double aegis amulet of Mut and Sekhmet (or Bastet?). This large amulet is bored twice in the center. On the back side there is a suspension “ring” flanked on each side by three light blue ball beads. The back is textured and has areas of black glaze.

Provenance

Between 1900 and 1907, acquired in Egypt by Goddard Du Bois (b. 1869 – d. 1925) and Josephine Cook Du Bois (b. 1864 – d. 1961), New York; 1945, gift of Mrs. Du Bois to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 27, 1945)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Goddard Dubois, "Goddard and Josephine Du Bois"