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Penannular Earring

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Because rebirth required an act of physical conception, sexual allure was still important to the Egyptians after death. Indeed an ancient Egyptian believed his or her appearance in the tomb was more important than ever, creating the erotic stimulus that would lead to rebirth. Thus cosmetics, combs for styling hair, and jewelry such as these earrings were included in the tomb to enhance amatory potential. These goods also followed a person to the next world.
MEDIUM Red jasper
DATES ca. 1539-1190 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty to XIX Dynasty
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 11/16 x 11/16 x 5/16 in. (1.7 x 1.7 x 0.8 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1957E
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Penannular Earring, ca. 1539-1190 B.C.E. Red jasper, 11/16 x 11/16 x 5/16 in. (1.7 x 1.7 x 0.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1957E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.1957E_view01.jpg)
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