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Scarab Bracelet of Wah

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, over crossed wrists, MMA excavations, 1920
Silver, electrum, glazed steatite, linen cord
Overall bracelet: 50 cm (19 11/16 in.); Scarab: 2.7 × 1.9 × 1.2 cm (1 1/16 × 3/4 × 1/2 in.); Barrel bead: 1.6 × 1.3 cm (5/8 × 1/2 in.) Cylinder bead: 1.5 × 1.1 cm (9/16 × 7/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1940
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 105
This silver scarab was manufactured in the same fashion as Wah's larger example (40.3.12). On its base are interlocking spirals and three hieroglyphs. Before burial, the heads of both scarabs were intentionally damaged by forceful scratching, possibly an instance of magical "killing."
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.

Schorsch, Deborah 2001. "Precious Metal Polychromy in Egypt in the Time of Tutankhamun." In Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 87, pp. 59–60.

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