* An Egyptian Red Jasper Sweret Bead, Middle Kingdom, ca. 2040-1783 BCE

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Seller: sandsoftimedc_com (428) 100%, Location: Washington, District Of Columbia, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 153801332088 This primitive jewel survived in the barrel-shaped red jasper sweret-bead, becoming part of the essential personal adornments for funerary rituals during the Middle Kingdom. Hung around the neck or on the breast of the deceased, such beads were initially worn singularly on a cord tied closely to the throat or flanked either end by a round or cylindrical bead of green faience or feldspar. Dimensions: Length: 1.9 cm (3/4 inches) Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall Provenance: Gift from Petrie to a friend, thereafter private collection of Egyptologist Geoffrey Metz, Sweden, acquired from Tetragon, London. 1992.

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