Necklace With Wadj Amulet
Necklace With Wadj Amulet

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Middle Eastern
World Cultures ➔ Necklace With Wadj Amulet

String of beads, one being a wadj amulet.

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.
circa 1500 BCE
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Gift Of Estate Of Dr. Ruth Herrick

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
Estate of Ruth Herrick
Born on July 6, 1895 in Ohio, Ruth Herrick became known as one of the first women physicians in Michigan. She studied at the University of Chicago Medical College and at Blodgett Memorial Hospital. Afterwards she began her practice in 1931 in Grand Rapids. She was an avid collector and took a strong interest in archaeology, having lectured at the Greenfield Village Museum and wrote and published a book entitled "Greentown glass: the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company and allied manufacturers (1959)". In 1961 she cooperated with the Kent County Medical Society in compiling a historic medical collection. She retired in 1973 and later passed away after an automobile accident on June 7, 1974, with many of her assets bequeathed to the Public Museum.