Ball and Teardrop Beads



The gold teardrop shaped beads are of a type incorporated into broad collars. Their colour forms a striking contrast to the carefully graduated carnelian ball beads. The necklace was found with several pairs of earrings, finger rings, amulets, beads, and a large group of vessels in an undisturbed mid-Eighteenth Dynasty vaulted-chamber tomb containing eight burials (chamber 941 in Tomb Group 941-949 A’09). It was restrung after 1909 (original order not certain). One gold pendant is not strung with the rest and kept separate. There are modern gold clasps at either end.