- Middle Kingdom
- Dynasty 12
- reign of Amenemhat I, early
- ca. 1981–1975 B.C.
- From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Wah (MMA 1102), Mummy, in left palm near index finger, MMA excavations, 1920
- Carnelian, linen thread
- L. 2 cm (13/16 in); diam. 1.1 cm (7/16 in)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1940
- Accession Number:
Wah's jewelry was revealed when his mummy was x-rayed in 1939. To no one's surprise, the films showed that Wah's body had been adorned with typical funerary jewelry of the early Middle Kingdom: a broad collar, bracelets, and anklets made of tubular beads (40.3.2-.10), and a barrel-shaped sweret-bead (40.3.1). Unexpectedly, he also had personal jewelry of stone and metal (40.3.11-.19). When the mummy was unwrapped in 1940, the superb jewelry was seen for the first time since Wah's burial some 39 centuries earlier.
The sweret is a barrel-shaped bead-amulet made of carnelian. This element of funerary jewelry was usually found at the throat of a mummy, but Wah's seweret-bead is strung on a short length of linen thread suggesting that it was intended to be worn as a ring. It was found clutched in Wah's left hand.