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Single-Strand 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
DATES ca. 1332-1292 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 3/16 x 19 3/16 in. (0.5 x 48.8 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 48.66.40
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Lawrence Coolidge and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, and the Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Single-Strand Necklace, ca. 1332-1292 B.C.E. Faience, 3/16 x 19 3/16 in. (0.5 x 48.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Lawrence Coolidge and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, and the Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 48.66.40. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 48.66.40_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (78%)
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