Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Sweret Bead on Gold Wire

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1425 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III
Carnelian, gold
Diam. of wire 10 cm (3 15/16 in) L. of bead 1.9 cm (3/4 in); diam. 1cm (3/8 in)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118
The "sweret" bead, when first used in the Middle Kingdom, was worn on a string around the neck (see 11.150.15b). Found in the New Kingdom burial of an Egyptian queen, this bead may have been intended to continue in the old practice. In later times, such beads seem to have been strung on wire and slipped around the mummy's arm.
Purchased in Luxor with other objects presumed to be from western Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb 1, 1920.

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