Ancient Egyptian necklace with beads of gold, carnelian, lapis lazuli, green feldspar, and amethyst. The necklace dates to the 12th Dynasty, or c. 1887–1813 BCE, and was found in the tomb of Sithathoryunet, who was a king’s daughter. The necklace is currently located in the Met.
“A collection of five precious objects designed as jewellery boxes. The box becomes the jewels. Each box tells its own story.
three-sided pyramid is a symbol of femininity representing the womb of
the woman as a protective home for the child. All the elements in this
box are created to protect the Little Cherub. The floor is set with
triangular diamonds, the toughest and most precious material on Earth.”
Egyptian Amulet Necklace, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, Reign of Amenhotep III c. 1390-1353 BC
Found in Amenhotep III’s ancient palace complex at Malkata in Thebes during the excavations of 1910-11. Made of Faience and glazed steatite.
Amenhotep III’s reign was a period of unprecedented prosperity and artistic
splendor, when Egypt reached the peak of its artistic and international
power. When he died in the 38th or 39th year of his reign, his son
initially ruled as Amenhotep IV, but then changed his own royal name to Akhenaten.
Amenhotep III’s palace was built in the 14th century BC and its ancient name was Per-Hay, “House of Rejoicing”. Originally, the palace was known as the Palace of the Dazzling Aten.
Built mostly out of mud-brick, it was Amenhotep’s residence throughout
most the later part of his reign. Construction began around year 11 of
his reign and continued until the king moved there permanently around
his year 29. Once completed, it was the largest royal residence in