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Single-Strand Necklace

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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.
MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Collected: Thebes, Malkata, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1332–1292 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 11/16 x 1/8 x 7 1/2 in. (1.7 x 0.3 x 19.1 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Lawrence Coolidge and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, and the Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Single strand faience necklace. In center green faience papyrus column amulet; on each side, separated by small groups of blue and yellow discoid beads, amulets of a "household god" (Oracular bust), horns and disk, nefer sign, and ending with four amulets of bust of "household god" in green and blue faience. Necklace clearly incomplete and probably assembled. Condition: Good.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Single-Strand Necklace, ca. 1332–1292 B.C.E. Faience, 11/16 x 1/8 x 7 1/2 in. (1.7 x 0.3 x 19.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Lawrence Coolidge and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, and the Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 48.66.40. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 48.66.40_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 48.66.40_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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