About this object

Five strings of beads arranged as one necklace. Several hundred small bright blue glass disc beads; thirty-four small carnelian ball beads; a green glazed faience scaraboid inscribed 'neb maat', meaning Lord of Truth; eight stone amulets of different forms, including a falcon and poppy head. They were collected during the 1889-90 excavations at the royal palace site of Gurob by William Petrie but documentation of the discovery is lacking and they probably don't represent the discovery of a complete necklace but a restringing of isolated beads not necessarily from the same find. Indeed, they may not all be from a necklace.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Gurob
  • Date made
    1295 BC - 1186 BC (Dynasty 19)
  • Materials
    Glass; Porphyry; Cornelian; Crystal
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    William Matthew Flinders Petrie
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Gurob
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    335 mm x 39 mm
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner); William Matthew Flinders Petrie ( Collector, previous owner); Flaxman Charles John Spurrell ( Previous owner)

Explore related


  • Petrie's Excavations at Gurob, 1889-90

    Start date: 1889
    End date: 1889
    Description: Excavations for two seasons by Mr Hughes-Hughes who was working for Flinders Petrie. At this time Petrie's fieldwork was largely being sponsored by two men: Jesse Haworth (1835-1921) and Henry Martin Kennard (1833-1911). Petrie gave some of his finds to his close friend, Flaxman Spurrell (1842-1915), whose collection was given to Norwich Castle Museum which was then purchased by Liverpool Museum in 1956. Fore more details see the Digital Egypt for Universities website: http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk/gurob/index.html


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