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Two Earrings

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.
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539–1292 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 05.382a-b
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE 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.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE overall, 05.382a-b_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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