Beaded collar

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Amarna case
Object Type
Jewellery, Collar
New Kingdom
Eighteenth Dynasty
Amenhotep IV/Akhenaten
Faience | Glass | Stone/minerals (Carnelian)
Egypt, Amarna
Diameter: 345mm | Width: 116mm
Number of Elements

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A beadwork collar. The last row has alternating yellow and purple rosettes. The beads are typical of the Amarna style. It 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.


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 1975. The use of disc-beads in Egyptian bead-composition. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 61, 114–124. [123–124, pl. 19] Bosse-Griffiths, Kate 2001. The use of disc-beads in Egyptian bead-compositions. In Bosse-Griffiths, Kate, Amarna studies and other selected papers, 31–50. Freiburg (Schweiz); Göttingen: Universitätsverlag; Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. {Reprint of Bosse-Griffiths 1975} Gyory, H., 1995 Remarks on Amarna Amulets in C.J. Eyre ed. 'Proceedings of the 7th International Congress of Egyptologists September 1995' Gabolde, Marc 2008. La redécouverte de la nécropole royale de Tell el-Amarna. Égypte, Afrique & Orient 52, 31–38. [p. 32]