Rings and necklace

Period: Middle Kingdom

Dynasty: Dynasty 12

Reign: early reign of Amenemhat I

Date: ca. 1981–1975 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Wah (MMA 1102), MMA excavations, 1920

Medium: Carnelian and linen thread; blue-glazed steatite and linen thread; carnelian, turquoise, moss agate, amethyst, milky quartz, green-glazed steatite, and twisted linen cord

Dimensions: Sweret bead: 1.1 × 2 cm (7/16 × 13/16 in.)
Scarab: 2.6 cm (1 in.)
Necklace: 103 cm (40 9/16 in.)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1940

Accession Number: 40.3.1,.11,.16-related


Wah's jewelry was revealed when his mummy was x-rayed in 1939. To no one's surprise, the films showed that Wah's body had been adorned with typical funerary jewelry of the early Middle Kingdom: a broad collar, bracelets, and anklets made of the blue ceramic substance called faience (40.3.2-.10), and a carnelian seweret-bead (40.3.1). Unexpectedly, he also had personal jewelry of stone and metal (40.3.11-.19). When the mummy was unwrapped in 1940, the superb jewelry was seen for the first time since Wah's burial some 39 centuries earlier.