egypt necklace

Ancient Egyptian glass and electrum necklace with a gold jackal pendant at the center. The electrum pendants, meaning pendants of a mixture of gold and silver, are called nefer pendants. The necklace dates to the New Kingdom, and more specifically to the 18th dynasty of 1550–1295 BCE. Currently located at MFA Boston.


Pectoral of Tutankhamun of the Rising Sun

The counterpoise of a scarab pectoral from the tomb of Tutankhamun with straps formed from inlaid plaques with uraeus (cobras), scarabs and solar discs.  The pendant is in the form of the scarab beetle holding the sun aloft flanked by two uraeus. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 61896

A Collar of Princess Khnumit

JE 31113; JE 31115; gold, lapis lazuli, carnelian, turquoise; w. 35cm; Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, ca. 1929-1897 BC; Dashur. Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Upper Floor, Room 4.

This collar ends with two hawk’s heads, one green and one blue; these were used the collar around the neck. Hieroglyphic symbols run along its centre, between two rows of gold beads, representing the words for life, stability, and protection, among others. Small tear-shaped pendants hand from the bottom of the collar. When discovered this collar was in pieces and has been restored.

Photo: Sandro Vannini

Inside the Egyptian Museum with Zahi Hawass

~ Necklace of Gold Ball Beads.
Period: Middle Kingdom
Dynasty: 12th Dynasty
Reign: reign of Amenemhat I, early
Date: ca. 1981–1975 B.C.
Place of origin: From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Wah (MMA 1102), Mummy, bandages at neck, MMA excavations, 1920
Medium: Gold, linen cord