Egyptian; From the tomb of Wah, western Thebes
Carnelian and linen thread; blue-glazed steatite and linen thread; carnelian, turquoise, moss agate, amethyst, milky quartz, green-glazed steatite, and twisted linen cord
L. of scarab 1 in. (2.6 cm)
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (40.3.1,.11,.16)
The single barrel bead of high-quality carnelian and the scarab of blue-glazed steatite were both found in the palm of Wah's left hand. The small length of linen thread attached to each suggests that they were intended as rings, but they probably served as funerary amulets, not as jewelry worn during life. The lovely, asymmetrical beaded necklace, though perhaps a piece of personal jewelry, seems to have been restrung for the funeral, since the linen cord shows no sign of wear.