String of beads and aegis


Object Place: Egypt


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.)

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Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World



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.


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"