Necklace with disc beads and amulets
18th Dynasty, New Kingdom, Egypt
This necklace is composed of tiny disk beads interspersed with a variety of amulets, including falcons, a frog, Tawerets, a lotus, bolti fish, a shell or bullae, a hand, and a “nefer” sign. Some amulets, such as the lotus, frog, and fish, symbolize fertility, while Taweret and the falcon offer protection. The “nefer” hieroglyph conveys a good wish. This necklace was one of three stored in a small jewellry box in a man’s burial.
(Source: The Metropolitan Museum)