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Five Rowed Necklace with Amulets

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Faience necklaces with fruit and floral elements were highly prized by elite women and men in late Dynasty 18. Certainly worn for their visual appeal, this jewelry also had amuletic significance. Necklaces such as this one were believed to protect the wearer from evil spirits and natural dangers, such as snakes and scorpions, and to enhance sexual and regenerative powers in this life and the next.
MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Found: Thebes, Malkata
  • DATES ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 6 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (17.1 x 35 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 48.66.69
    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 Five Rowed Necklace with Amulets, ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E. Faience, 6 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (17.1 x 35 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Lawrence Coolidge and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, and the Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 48.66.69. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 48.66.69_transpc002.jpg)
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