Bead bracelet of garnets, amethyst and copper beads. Middle Kingdom. From a female burial at Qau.
Wellcome Institute document WA/HMM/CM/col 81 reads: ‘Jewellery from an intact XII dynasty burial (female) from Qau, Upper Egypt 1923 tomb number 734 Comprising-…58227 Bracelet (Right arm), garnet, carnelian and copper beads with an amethyst scarab. 4 inch (double)…’. The label attached to the object when it came to the Centre confirms that this came from the right arm. It seems this item was given to Henry Wellcome for his support of the Egypt Exploration Society Excavations.
This item comes from Guy Brunton’s excavation at Qau (Brunton 1930, 1). The excavation report describes: ‘Adult female, extended on left side….On the arms were four strings of beads;….2) small garnet and two amethyst spheroids, one amethyst flattened barrel, four copper rings, and an amethyst scarab….’. The Egypt Centre has other items from this grave (W792-W796), as does the Petrie Museum (UC25981-5).
Brunton, G. 1930. Qau and Badari III. London: British School of Archaeology in Egypt.