Kallos Gallery

An Egyptian amethyst necklace with gold poppy seed amulets

An Egyptian amethyst necklace with gold poppy seed amulets

Middle Kingdom – New Kingdom, 19th  – 13th  Century BC

Length: 38 cm

An Egyptian amethyst necklace with gold poppy seed amulets

Middle Kingdom – New Kingdom, 19th  – 13th  Century BC

Length: 38 cm

This necklace has been composed as a string of forty-two amethyst beads of ovoid shape interspersed with twenty finely-crafted and rare gold pendants in the form of poppy seed heads. New Kingdom beads were frequently based on flowers or their buds and are found in single strands of beads as well as broad collars. One of the most popular floral beads depicts the buds of poppies, as seen in the present example, although gold examples are rare. The earlier amethyst beads are characteristic of ancient Egyptian jewellery of the Middle Kingdom.

There is a similar necklace in the British Museum with leaf-shaped pendants and amethyst beads dated to the Middle Kingdom (EA14691); a royal gold necklace with similarly shaped gold pendants was found in the New Kingdom tomb of the Ramesside Queen Tausret, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (30.8.66).

 

CONDITION

Complete with no damage or repairs, expected wear to edges of pendant and beads. The necklace has a modern gold clasp at each end

PROVENANCE

Ex- Dubois Collection, acquired in Egypt, 1900-07.

 

EXHIBITED

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 1920-1945; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1945; Museum of Man, San Diego, 1968 (M100).

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