The Western world became fascinated with ancient Egyptian culture during Napoleon's Egyptian campaign, 1798-1801. By the late 1800's, archaeological finds - sarcophagi, mummies, hieroglyphics - were making news all over Europe, and Egyptian design motifs made their way into Western art, fashion, and architecture. Ancient faience scarab beads were unearthed en masse from tombs, and some of these pieces were then set into contemporary gold mountings and sold to Egyptophiles the world over. This piece dates to around 1900. The minimal 14k gold mounting features a plain oval bezel and decorative nodes at the shoulders.