Beaded collar

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Plants case
Object Type
Jewellery, Wesekh collar
New Kingdom
Eighteenth Dynasty
Amenhotep IV/Akhenaten
Faience | Stone/minerals (Lapis lazuli)
Egypt, Amarna
Depth: 75mm
Number of Elements

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An Amarna style beaded collar dating to the New Kingdom. The central amulet is a heart (although the early photographs show no heart pendant). Other amulets include a crouching child, female figures with staff, fish (lapis lazuli), and a situla. The heart amulet is unusual for the New Kingdom. The child motif may represent the king or queen as a child of the Aten (Györy 1998). Heart amulets are mentioned in several chapters of the Book of the Dead. The collar 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.


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