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Burial customs: a bead net

UC 74269, bead net

Mummies from the Third Intermediate to the Roman Period were often adorned with a bead net covering the whole body. In many examples, faces, the four sons of Horus and other decorations (more often found on coffins) were executed in beads. These bead nets must have been - following the description of excavators such as Petrie - very common. However, most often only loose beads were found next to the body of the deceased. Faience objects, such as scarabs and figures of gods might be incorporated in such a bead net.

other examples: tomb of Horwedja

UC 38088, winged scarab
Winged scarab.
UC 29941
Plaques: the four sons of Horus (only partly preserved)



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