Image: Egyptian Net: E32103 BB

Egyptian Net: E32103 BB

The beaded net faience ornament

Stan Florek
© 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 (not visible in this image) a winged scarab 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.

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