Egyptian Middle Kingdom Gold Beads
This group of Egyptian beads are of very high karet gold, the six conical large ones are hollow, formed of two parts, beaten flat, cone formed without rims and dovetailed together or by way of interlocking tabs then beaten surface smooth. The sixteen small beads are near pure beaten gold wrapped over a core, probably of pitch. Though rarer than supposed, both types are quite well known. These also acquired from the Adelaide Pearson collection, originally on a ripe silk cord, these had small faiance beads and an important royal gold scarab pendant. Due to an unfortunate circumstance, being worn by my wife, most of the beads got left in tall grass off of the Maine Turnpike near 50 years ago, most all except for these gold beads and the fine gold scarab. Very fine condition, strung now on a strong piece of wire. Other Egyptian lots with yet others to come say more about the provenance.We have no way of knowing if the beads and scarab were originally of the same necklace, however, from their source and both as together, they likely were dug together. Length 1", diameter .5" of larger and .25" smaller beads.