Beaded collar

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Amarna case
Object Type
Jewellery, Wesekh collar
New Kingdom
Eighteenth Dynasty
Amenhotep IV/Akhenaten
Faience | Glass | Stone/minerals (Carnelian) | Stone/minerals (Lapis lazuli)
Egypt, Amarna
Width: 410mm | Depth: 91mm (at centre)
Number of Elements
Fish | Monkey/baboon
Divine Name
Bes | Taweret

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This beaded collar consists of Amarna style pendants. Amulets of fish (lapis lazuli), Bes-like figures, Taweret (lapis lazuli), squatting baboons, female figures with staffs, poppy seed cases, unidentified figure, heart (carnelian), and rosettes feature, and there is a floral pendant in the centre. It is 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.


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