About this object

Large barrel or lentoid shaped bead in dull blue, inscribed in dark blue with the throne name of Amenhotep III (Neb-maat-Ra) in a cartouche with 'netjer nefer' signs at the top. Two thread holes at either short end.

Purchased at Sotheby's 15 December 1924, lot 437 "Part of a Bead, violet and blue with cartocuhe of Amen-hotep III; another of Tuthmosis IV; part of an ornamental Seal, with Tets in relief; a Scaraboid; two Scarabs; and a Pectoral Scarab (7)".

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1390 BC - 1352 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Amenhotep III)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Richard Bethell
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1924 before
  • Measurements
    55 mm x 17 mm x 7 mm
  • Related people
    Richard Bethell (Collector, previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Richard Bethell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1924-12-15
    Disposal method: Sold
  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1924-12-15
    How acquired: From Henry Solomon Wellcome
    Owned until: 1971
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Solomon Wellcome

    Owned from: 1924-12-15
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1936-06-25
    Disposal method: Donation
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