Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Great Hall, South, 1st floor
Much ancient Egyptian jewelry was essentially decorative, like the pair of gold earrings shown here, which are simply thick hoops. But other items of adornment sometimes acted like amulets to protect the wearer, such as the necklaces mounted together here. These necklaces include ancestor bust figures for communicating with the dead; cornflowers, which were associated with renewal; a frog, symbolizing rebirth; and the pregnant hippopotamus, protector of pregnant women and thus a guardian of rebirth.
ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
a: 13/16 x Diam. 15/16 in. (2 x 2.4 cm)
b: 15/16 x Diam. 1 in. (2.5 x 2.6 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by 1905, acquired by Panayotis Kyticas of Cairo, Egypt; by 1905, purchased in Cairo from Panayotis Kyticas by W. Flinders Petrie for the Brooklyn Museum.
Two hollow undecorated gold earrings in the form of a heavy loop, broken by a narrow slit, presumably forming a pair.
Condition: Slightly dented, otherwise perfect.
Two Earrings, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E. Gold, a: 13/16 x Diam. 15/16 in. (2 x 2.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 05.382a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 05.382a-b_PS2.jpg)
overall, 05.382a-b_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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