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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:
Silver, linen cord
Dimensions:
L. of necklace 70.5 cm (27 3/4 in.); Greatest diam. 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.); Smallest diam. 2.5 cm (1 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1940
Accession Number:
40.3.19
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 105
After Wah's mummy had been partially wrapped, this necklace of silver beads was tied around the neck. The beads were strung on twelve or more strands of thread that were then twisted through ties of thick linen cord.

Three other necklaces had been placed on the mummy in the same position. One of these is made of gold beads (40.3.17); one is made of blue faience beads (40.3.18); and one is strung with beads of a variety of shapes and materials (40.3.16). All these necklaces were probably worn by Wah during his lifetime.
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 1995. "The gold and silver necklaces of Wah: a technical study of an unusual metallurgical joining method." In Conservation in ancient Egyptian collections: papers given at the conference organised by the United Kingdom Institute for Conservation, Archaeology Section, and International Academic Projects, held at London, 20-21 July 1995, edited by Carol E. Brown, Fiona Macalister, and Margot M. Wright. London: Archetype, pp. 127–35.

Roehrig, Catharine H. 2015. "Jewelry of the Overseer of the Storehouse Wah." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 137–38, no. 69B.

Oppenheim, Adela 2015. "Artists and Workshops: The Complexity of Creation." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 25.

Arnold, Dieter and Adela Oppenheim 2015. "Excavations by The Metropolitan Museum of Art at Middle Kingdom Sites." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 313.

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