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Scarab Bracelet 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, over crossed wrists, MMA excavations, 1920
Medium:
Silver, electrum, glazed steatite, linen cord
Dimensions:
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:
40.3.13
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.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 230, 308.

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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