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Bead Net Mummy Shroud

A work made of faience beads.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of faience beads.

Date:

Late Period, Dynasty 26 (664-525 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

The winged scarab beetle in the center of this beaded shroud invokes Khepri, the morning form of the sun god, whom ancient Egyptians depicted as a dung beetle. Just as the sun is born anew each dawn, Egyptians planned to be reborn into a new form of existence after death. As symbols of this renewal, scarab amulets were secured to the body with linen wrappings or incorporated into nets made of beads and laid over a mummified body. The image’s power is strengthened by the hieroglyphic meaning of the scarab shape, “to exist.”

Status

On View, Gallery 50

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Bead Net Mummy Shroud

Place

Egypt (Object made in)

Date

664 BCE–525 BCE

Medium

Faience beads

Dimensions

45.7 × 40 × 3.8 cm (18 × 15 3/4 × 1 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty and Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1894.967

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