Strings of beads, Egypt

Made in Egypt, 1st-2nd century CE.

A string of beads in assorted colours and shapes, mostly of Roman glass. Most are spherical and bone-coloured, some are green, blue, red and pearlescent. Some are long and tubular with ridging detail. There are three blue (lapis lazuli) tear drop shaped beads on one side, and two feature beads - a disc-shaped blue flower with yellow centre and a spherical red, blue and green bead. They are all strung on a white piece of thread. A card tag is attached to one white tubular bead. A label with the b...

Summary

Object No.

A2614

Physical Description

A string of beads in assorted colours and shapes, mostly of Roman glass. Most are spherical and bone-coloured, some are green, blue, red and pearlescent. Some are long and tubular with ridging detail. There are three blue (lapis lazuli) tear drop shaped beads on one side, and two feature beads - a disc-shaped blue flower with yellow centre and a spherical red, blue and green bead. They are all strung on a white piece of thread. A card tag is attached to one white tubular bead. A label with the beads states "Excavated at Helmieh. Coptic and old Egyptian".

Marks

No marks

Dimensions

Width

5 mm

Production

Notes

Possibly produced in Alexandria.

Made

1st-2nd century CE

History

Notes

The beads were excavated at Helmieh cemetery, Cairo, Egypt.

Presented to the museum by Stuart Kay, 1927

Dr Stuart Kay, Major, was the resident medical officer at Sydney Hospital before serving with the Australian Army throughout WWI. Initially participating in the expedition to capture Kaiser-Wilhelmsland in German New Guinea at the outbreak of the war, he went on to serve in the 1st Australian General Hospital in the Australian Army Medical Corps. From January 1915 to April 1916, the 1st AGH was stationed at the Heliopolis Palace Hotel in Heliopolis, Egypt. Kay's presence may account for his acquisition of several ancient Egyptian artefacts later passed to the Powerhouse Museum.
Originally from Mackay, Kay returned to Brisbane in January 1917 and was welcomed as a 'flower decked hero'.
He later went on to document his experienced in 'Froth and bubble: fragments', a collection of personal narratives from World War 1, including his experiences at the Western Front in 1916. Kay also authored a series of articles for the Mackay Daily Mercury, with were published in book form in 1923 as 'Travel Notes', detailing his travels through Europe and North America.

Source

Credit Line

Presented to the New South Wales Collection of Applied Art by Stuart Kay, 1927

Acquisition Date

1 February 1927

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