Art/ Collection/ Art Object

String of tubular beads

Period:
Old Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 5
Reign:
reign of Isesi–Unis
Date:
ca. 2381–2323 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Tomb of Perneb, floor of burial chamber, MMA excavations, 1913–14
Medium:
Faience
Dimensions:
L. 45.8 cm (18 1/16 in.) as strung
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1914
Accession Number:
14.7.97
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 100
The beads in this strand were found scattered on the floor of Perneb's burial chamber which had been looted in ancient times. They may represent the remnants of a faience broad collar necklace, a type of jewelry with a long history in ancient Egypt (see 40.3.2).

Link to the Artist Project
Sarah Sze on the Tomb of Perneb
From Saqqara, purchased from the Egyptian government, 1914.

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