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 Excavated: Tell el Amarna, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom, Amarna Period
- Dimensions: Average dimension of pendant: 7/16 x 1/8 (1.1 x 0.3 cm); Length between end amulets: 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 35.2023
- Credit Line: Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Fragmentary Necklace, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E. Faience, Average dimension of pendant: 7/16 x 1/8 (1.1 x 0.3 cm); Length between end amulets: 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 35.2023. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)