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Single Strand Necklace with Flower Pendants

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Necklaces

Most ancient Egyptians owned at least one necklace.


The simplest examples were made of tiny beads of shell, bone, faience, metal, or glazed steatite. More complex versions had beads in the form of amulets, including uraeus-cobras, wedjat-eyes (the eye of the falcon-god Horus, symbolizing wholeness), scarabs (charms in the form of beetles), or images of gods such as Hathor. Individual beads as well as complete necklaces had significance. Beads reproducing fruits or flowers, such as the examples in this case, were believed to enhance fertility. Military officers presented fly necklaces to valiant soldiers to acknowledge their tenacity in battle.
MEDIUM Faience
DATES ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 5/16 x 12 13/16 in. (0.8 x 32.5 cm)  (show scale)
ACCESSION NUMBER 48.66.44
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Lawrence Coolidge and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, and the Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Single Strand Necklace with Flower Pendants, ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E. Faience, 5/16 x 12 13/16 in. (0.8 x 32.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Lawrence Coolidge and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, and the Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 48.66.44. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, CUR.48.66.37_48.66.44_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 7/16/2007
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