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:
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.