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An Egyptian Cornflower Bead Necklace, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550-1295 BC
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An Egyptian Cornflower Bead Necklace, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550-1295 BC

A large group of New Kingdom bead types are based on flowers or their buds. These elements are found in single strands of beads as well as broad collars, although flowers as components of broad collars seem to be most common after Hatshepsut's time. Two of the most popular floral beads depict the buds of poppies and of cornflowers.

Both were staples of the Egyptian garden and were used to fashion fresh bouquets for shrines and floral broad collars. Because the buds of these flowers have a similar shape, it is sometimes difficult to be sure which one is represented.  This lovely necklace comprises twenty cornflower beads; fourteen of carnelian, five rare examples of hippopotamus ivory and one of pale pink breccia all strung as a necklace between small cylindrical and spherical beads of blue and yellow faience.

Dimensions: Length: 15 1/2 inches (39.3 cm), can be lengthened upon request.

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. Restrung for wearing with 14K gold clasp.

Provenance: Private Californian collection, acquired in the mid 1960's and then by descent to present owner.

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