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Bead Net Funerary Shroud

A work made of faience beads on bast fiber (probably linen).
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of faience beads on bast fiber (probably linen).


Late Period, Dynasty 26 (664-525 BCE)



About this artwork

The winged scarab beetle in the center of this beaded shroud invokes Khepri, the morning form of the sun god, whom ancient Egyptians depicted as a dung beetle. Just as the sun is born anew each dawn, Egyptians planned to be reborn into a new form of existence after death. As symbols of this renewal, scarab amulets were secured to the body with linen wrappings or incorporated into nets made of beads and laid over a mummified body. The image’s power is strengthened by the hieroglyphic meaning of the scarab shape, “to come into existence.”


On View, Gallery 50


Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Bead Net Funerary Shroud


Egypt (Object made in)

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664 BCE–525 BCE


Faience beads on bast fiber (probably linen)


45.7 × 40 × 3.8 cm (18 × 15 3/4 × 1 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty and Charles L. Hutchinson

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