Necklace of beads and amulets

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20
1550–1070 B.C.

Findspot: Zawyet el-Aryan, Grave Z 491


Legacy dimension: .380 Length:

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carnelian, gold, faience, ivory

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

Necklace of carnelian, gold, faience and ivory ball beads with pendants: One carnelian hand, one carnelian fly, one carnelian (?), one gold hawk and one gold fly.

[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.


From Zawyet el-Aryan, Grave Z 491. 1911: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition