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Scarab and Bead Bracelet

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, back of right hand, MMA excavations, 1920
Lapis lazuli, carnelian, linen cord
Length of scarab 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in); w. 2.7 cm (1 1/16 in); h. 2 cm (3/4 in) Length of barrel bead 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in), diam. 1.2 cm (1/2 in) Length of cylinder bead 4.3 cm (1 5/16 in); diam. 0.9 cm (5/16 in) Total length 65 cm (25 9/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1940
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 105
Egypt was rich in natural resources and most of the stones used in jewelry making could be mined in the deserts east and west of the Nile, or on the Sinai Peninsula. One exception is lapis lazuli, which came from Afghanistan. The presence of a large lapis scarab in Wah's tomb is indication of his status. For an explanation of the scarab, see 40.3.11.
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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