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

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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
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)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 29 Jul 2022

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