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at Qurneh, Egypt

Fly whisk, from royal burial
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This fly whisk made of strands of faience beads is among the grave goods from the grave of a 17th Dynasty queen and her child at Qurneh in Egypt. It was found inside the queen's coffin, under the mummy's head.

The fly whisk consists of 16 strands of long faience beads, united in a twisted thread handle.

This grave, from the burial place of the kings and queens of Thebes, is remarkable as it dates from a time when Egypt was politically divided and relatively poor. The queen and her child have been lavishly equipped for the Afterlife.

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