Necklace of fly beads
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
Length (without modern chain) 10 1/2 in. (26.7cm) Flies 1.1 to 1.7 cm
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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)
William Stevenson Smith Fund