Image: Ancient Egyptian mummy net with amulet E32103
Part of an ancient Egyptian beaded net made from faience pieces threaded on cotton.
- © Australian Museum
These faience ornaments are believed to date from the Third Intermediate Period (c.1070- 700 BC). It is a part of a beaded net, depicting a winged scarab (a provenance of scarab is not established) and three figures of the Four Sons of Horus: Qebehsenuef (falcon), Imseti (human), Hapy (baboon) and Duamutef (jackal) – due to the fragmentary and worn nature of the amulets it is difficult to identify the gods. The ornament is strung together into a rectangular webbed shape. Its lustrous turquoise colour is typical of faience, widely used in Ancient Egypt. Beaded nets containing amulets were often placed over mummies.
BC (or BCE) – means Before Common Era, and indicates the years counted back from the first year of the Western Calendar. For example, in 30 BC Rome conquered Egypt and Cleopatra took her own life.