New Kingdom Beadwork

Hi

This section of my Homepage deals with Egyptian jewelry. Actually my interpretation of ancient Egyptian jewelry using modern beading techniques. I say modern beading techniques because beadweaving and bead embroidery were both known to the ancient Egyptians. Some of the best known examples came from King Tutankamen's tomb because it wasn't pillaged like the other other Pharaohs. There is a beaded hassock (#354) King Tutankamen's tomb that looks like to me that it is circular peyote that was sewn to the hassock. Recently there have been finds at Gaza of beautiful bead net shrouds that were still mostly intact.

 

I have loved the look of ancient Egyptian jewelry since I was a child. I saw one of the great traveling King Tutankamen artifact shows in Detroit where I grew up. Doubtless all this traveling about was bad for the artifacts, but it gave middleclass smucks like myself who had never been to Egypt, the chance to glimpse the glory of Pharaoh. It also encouraged me to donate money to move the temple of Abu Simbel (even though I was only 12 years old) so that it could be preserved when the great dam that created Lake Nasser was created and would have flooded it. Someday I am going to go to Egypt and see all this stuff myself. It could take several trips.

First a little background and then on to the photos and descriptions. I hope that this page can be interesting to those interested in ancient Egypt and to beaders. First the title. The New Kingdom was a period of Egyptian history that begins with the expulsion of the Hyksos invaders (1570 bc). The corresponding dynasty is Dynasty 18. I used this name because this period is my favorite period of Egyptian history.

Here's a link that explains some of the significance of colors used in Egyptian jewelry. I have to say that I am currently evolving into more of a Revivalist style and often use un-Egyptian like colors in my treatment of Egyptian subjects.

HORUS

ISIS

ANUBIS

HATSHEPSUT AS SPHINX

BA RELEASED

WINGED SCAREB

COLLARS and other Scareb Jewelry

Bead pattern for Anubis Amulet Bag

Bead pattern for Winged Scareb

Egyptian patterns at Bead-patterns.com

 

As it is, I hope you enjoyed looking at this site ( both those of you interested in jewelry and those of you interested in Egyptology). I remember one of my thoughts as a girl looking at Egyptian jewelry: This stuff looks too good to let it moulder in a museum. Especially with modern techniques, materials and beadweaving, these ancient pieces and their symbols can be made to "live again" in modern replications. I hope to keep on adding pieces as time goes on, so tune back in: there is the Anubis bracelet, the Ramses II amulet pouch, The Face of Loss: Aahotep, and the bib necklace of Isis's discovery of Osiris's dead body.  

Bibliography

The bead and jewelry references were dealt with as they appeared in the text and will not be repeated here. What follows is a list of Egyptology and archeology references for the text that described the Egyptian subject matter. I can't swear that it is complete.

 

Ancient Egyptian Jewelry, by Carol Andrews, Harry N. Abrams, 1997.

Egypt Uncovered, by Vivian Davies and Renee Friedman, Stewart, Tabouri, &Chang, 1998.

Chronicles of the Pharaohs, by Peter A. Clayton, Thames and Hudson, 1994.

The Complete Pyramids, by Mark Lehner, Thames and Hudson, 1997.

The Complete Tutankamen, by Nicholas Reeves, Thames and Hudson Ltd, 1994.

The World of the Pharaohs, by Christine Hobson, Thames and Hudson, 1991.

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