9 December 2004
THE PROPERTY OF LINDA LEE RATHBUN
AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE BEAD JEWELRY SUITE
NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII, 1550-1307 B.C.
Consisting entirely of turquoise blue disk beads of fairly uniform size and shape, strung in five strands divided by modern gold spacer beads, the ensemble to be worn either as a choker and bracelet or as a single longer necklace
21 in. (53.3 cm.) long (2)
Inherited from the current owner's grandmother, Linda Lee Colgate, wife of Henry Colgate of the Colgate family and niece of Cole Porter.
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For similar beads compare the necklace in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, fig. 100, p. 181 in Hayes, The Scepter of Egypt II. The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.).
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