Beads and amulets

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, El Kab


Overall: 35 cm (13 3/4 in.) Length x width large amethyst scarab: 2.2 x 1.5 cm (7/8 x 9/16 in.) Length x width carnelian scarab: 1.7 x 1.2 cm (11/16 x 1/2 in.) Height x width falcon amulegt 2.0 x 1.5 cm

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Medium or Technique

Amethyst, carnelian, garnet, amazonite, jasper ? and ivory

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



This group of beads and amulets contains one large and one small amethyst scarab bead, five carnelian ball beads, one carnelian barrel bead, one amethyst barrel bead. There is also a string of beads with six amethyst barrel beads, eight amethyst ball beads, one crystal barrel bead, one carnelian ring bead and one uninscribed carnelian scarab bead, one long ivory rectangular spacer with seven holes, one large ivory bird amulet, one amazonite ball bead, three amazonite falcon amulets, one unidentified beryl bead, one green jasper  hippo head amulet, and three garnet ball beads.


From Elkab. 1897, excavated by J. E. Quibell for the Egyptian Research Account , assigned to the Egyptian Research Account in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; given to the MFA by the ERA in response for contributions.

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Egyptian Research Account by subscription