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Middle Eastern ➔ Necklace, Ancient Beads In Modern Configuration

Identifier:
1999.1.147
Description:
Egyptian revival necklace constructed from ancient Egyptian beads. The necklace was made C 1925 CE after the discovery of Tutankahmun's tomb in 1922.

Following the sensational discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1922, there was an “Egyptomania” craze that inspired everything from architectural design to fashion.  Many travelers returned from Egypt with souvenir beads which were made into necklaces such as these examples that were likely re-strung in the 1920s mimicking Egyptian style.

Tiny beads like these are most often found in a lump on the chest of mummies. With the linking strings rotted away, it is not possible to determine their original design. Seldom are tiny beads of this type found in their original configuration on necklaces. The beads indicate the richness of their owner and were personal possessions that were used in burial. They could be made of gold, glass, carnelian, hematite, faience or semi-precious stones.
Date:
1552 CE – 30 BCE
Materials:
Faience
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Exhibits/Programs
Mysteries of Egypt (November 21 1999 – March 26 2000)
Mysteries of Egypt was a traveling exhibit organized by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in the 1990s.  It featured authentic and reproduction artifacts from ancient Egypt.

Egypt (2015 – 2016)
GRPM produced Egypt exhibit