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Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Egyptologists disagree on the original function of this circlet. It may have been a diadem (a type of crown) or a decoration for the rim of a ritual vessel. The papyrus plants and sun-disks refer to the creation myth that recounts the sun’s emergence from the primordial waters of Nun, suggesting a religious context.
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1295-1070 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 19 to Dynasty 20
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 1 1/8 × 1/16 × 6 9/16 in., 1.1 lb. (2.8 × 0.2 × 16.6 cm, 0.5kg)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION A gold diadem(?). Upper edge adorned with papyrus plants and sun discs. An applied gold braid and wires form a patterned band 1.1 cm. from the top. Condition: The solder join in the rear slightly sprung. Some dents along the back and the gold wire bent and fractured in one spot.
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