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Three Strand Necklace with Scarab

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Most Egyptians wore scarabs on simple rings, bracelets, or necklaces. Egyptians wishing to emphasize their wealth and status incorporated scarabs into elaborate pieces of jewelry, like this impressive necklace.

MEDIUM Steatite, glaze
  • Place Excavated: Abydos, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1630–1539 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 13 to Dynasty 17
    PERIOD Second Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS Scarab: 1/4 × 1/2 × 5/8 in. (0.7 × 1.2 × 1.6 cm) As strung, length: 19 13/16 in. (50.3 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Three Strand Necklace with Scarab, ca. 1630–1539 B.C.E. Steatite, glaze, Scarab: 1/4 × 1/2 × 5/8 in. (0.7 × 1.2 × 1.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 26.162. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.26.162_view01.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.26.162_view01.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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