Beads



Accession Number
EC5
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Body adornment case
Object Type
Jewellery, Bead(s), Loose bead(s)
Period
New Kingdom
Materials
Metals/alloys (Gold) | Stone/minerals (Quartzite)
Number of Elements
5

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Description

Five beads, three of gold and quartz (rock crystal), and two others of gold. They likely date to the New Kingdom. According to the Wellcome slip, these were part of a circlet, which was originally part of the Lady Meux collection. They were purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1930.

Wellcome Number
A95207
Auction
J. C. Stevens. Auction and Sale Rooms: 19–20 Aug 1930, Lot 386
Auction Details
Gold and lapis beads, others in gold and crystal, Roman silver armlet, pair of Byzantine silver earrings (all from the Meux collection), and an early Coptic altar ornament, inlaid with turquoise, from the Gruneisen collection.
Previous Owners
Lady Valerie Susan Meux (1847–1910) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 05 Mar 2022

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