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Fragmentary 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 Excavated: Tell el Amarna, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
    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)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    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
    IMAGE overall, 35.2023_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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