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.
Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 138, fig. 74.
Lilyquist, Christine 2003. The Tomb of Three Foreign Wives of Tuthmosis III. 2003. New York, p. 130, no. 20; p. 196, fig. 104; p. 351.