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Necklace of Wah

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12
Reign:
reign of Amenemhat I, early
Date:
ca. 1981–1975 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Wah (MMA 1102), Mummy, bandages at neck, MMA excavations, 1920
Medium:
Carnelian, moss agate, milky quartz, glazed steatite, black and white porphyry, linen cord
Dimensions:
Total l. 103 cm (40 9/16 in) beads: L. 1-1.95 cm (3/8-3/4 in.); diam. 04-1.1 cm (3/16-7/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1940
Accession Number:
40.3.16
Not on view
This asymmetrical bead necklace may have been worn during Wah's lifetime, but it was certainly restrung for the funeral as the linen cord shows no sign of wear. After Wah's mummy had been partially wrapped, the necklace was tied around the neck along with three others: one made of gold beads (40.3.17); one made of silver beads (40.3.19); and one made of faience beads (40.3.18).
Mummy of Wah excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1920. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1920. Mummy unwrapped in New York, 1940.

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