bead it

June 30, 2011

although im not really a proponent of the tomb raiding that occurred to procure these specimens, they still make me very happy. ancient egyptian beaded necklaces!

via the brooklyn museum website:

“Much ancient Egyptian jewelry was essentially decorative, but other items of adornment sometimes acted like amulets to protect the wearer. These necklaces include ancestor bust figures for communicating with the dead; cornflowers, which were associated with renewal; a frog, symbolizing rebirth; and the pregnant hippopotamus, protector of pregnant women and thus a guardian of rebirth.”


images via the brooklyn museum and the metropolitan museum of art

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