Beaded collar



Accession Number
W9
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Amarna case
Object Type
Jewellery, Wesekh collar
Period
New Kingdom
Dynasty
Eighteenth Dynasty
Ruler
Amenhotep IV/Akhenaten
Materials
Faience | Stone/minerals (Carnelian)
Provenance
Egypt, Amarna
Measurements
Depth: 81mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian
Animal
Monkey/baboon
Divine Name
Beset

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Description

A beaded collar including an amulet possibly depicting Beset. Some amulets also appear to be cornflowers/poppies (carnelian), female figures with staff, a squatting baboon, and rosettes. For amulet parallels and bibliography, see Giddy (1999). Most Egyptologists argue that Bes as a female (Beset) does not appear in Egypt before the Ptolemaic Period and that Bes-forms with breasts show an overweight male Bes (Baines). This piece was part of the Berens collection purchased by Wellcome in 1923. Randolph Humphrey Berens, née McLaughlin (1844–1922) took the name Berens on his marriage in 1877 with Ellinor Frances Berens. Both collected Egyptian antiquities. His collection was sold by Sotheby's on 18th June 1923. His wife's collection was sold on 29th July 1923 and 31st July 1923. On long-term loan to Swansea from the Wellcome Trust since 1971.

Bibliography

Baines, John 1985. Fecundity figures: Egyptian personification and the iconology of a genre. Warminster; Aris & Phillips. Bonnet, Hans 1952. Reallexikon der ägyptischen Religionsgeschichte. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. [for Beset] Bosse-Griffiths, Kate 1975. Bead collars with Amarna amulets in the Wellcome Collection of University College, Swansea. In Posener, Georges (ed.), Actes du XXIXe Congrès International des Orientalistes: Égyptologie 1, 20–24. Paris: l'Asiathèque. Bosse-Griffiths, Kate 1977. A Beset amulet from the Amarna Period. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 63, 98–106. Bosse-Griffiths, Kate 2001. A Beset amulet from the Amarna Period. In Bosse-Griffiths, Kate, Amarna studies and other selected papers. Edited by J. Gwyn Griffiths. Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 182. Freiburg (Schweiz); Göttingen: Universitätsverlag; Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 51–63. {Reprint of Bosse-Griffiths 1977} Bosse-Griffiths, Kate 2001. Bead collars with Amarna amulets in the Wellcome Collection of the University College, Swansea. In Amarna studies and other selected papers. Edited by J. Gwyn Griffiths. Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 182. Freiburg (Schweiz); Göttingen: Universitätsverlag; Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 27–30. {Reprint of Bosse-Griffiths 1975} Bourriau, Janine 1988. Pharaohs and mortals: Egyptian art in the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [for Beset] Giddy, Lisa 1999. The survey of Memphis II: Kom Rabi'a: the New Kingdom and post-New Kingdom objects. Egypt Exploration Society, Excavation Memoir 64. London: Egypt Exploration Society. [pp. 85–86 for parallels] Györy, Hedvig 1998. Remarks on Amarna amulets. In Eyre, C. J. (ed.), Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Egyptologists, Cambridge, 3-9 September 1995. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 82. Leuven: Peeters. 497–507. Gabolde, Marc 2008. La redécouverte de la nécropole royale de Tell el-Amarna. Égypte, Afrique & Orient 52, 31–38. [p. 32, fig. 1] Ward, William A. 1972. A unique Beset figurine. Orientalia 41, 149–159.

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