Necklace with scarab

Middle Kingdom
1980–1630 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Uronarti, Cemetery, tomb 3


Length: 62 cm (24 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, amethyst

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition