Standing statuette (bronze with gold inlay) of the ancient Egyptian cat-goddess Bastet, holding an usekh-collar topped by a feline head and sun-disk.  Artist unknown; ca. 400-250 BCE (Late Period or early Ptolemaic).  Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.  Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.

Pair of ancient Egyptian rings (gold with glass, lapis lazuli, and carnelian inlay) depicting lotus flowers.  Artist unknown; ca. 1400-1200 BCE (18th or 19th Dynasty, New Kingdom).  Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.  Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.

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Miss Oklahoma 2017, Triana Browne, is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. This weekend, she featured contemporary takes on traditional Chickasaw women’s clothing at the “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade, which Miss America contestants walk in, and feature designs that represent their home state. 

Triana wore jewelry designed by Chickasaw jeweler Kristen Dorsey, a romper (inspired by traditional Chickasaw women’s ribbon dresses) by Chickasaw designer Courtney Parchcorn and Cherokee designer Buddy Parchcorn, a traditional finger woven belt by Chickasaw weaver Ashley Wallace, a leather belt by Chickasaw artist Maya Stewart, and custom beaded heels by Courtney and Buddy Parchcorn, which feature the seals of the Chickasaw Nation and State of Oklahoma. 

Good luck competing for Miss America, Triana! Indian Country is rooting for you <3 

Chinese hair ornament, thought to have been worn by the Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908).  Made from gilded copper alloy worked into phoenix-shapes, decorated with pearls, other gemstones, and kingfisher feathers.  Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.  Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.

Ancient Egyptian amulet (gold with lapis lazuli, turquoise, and steatite inlays) depicting the ba (one of the parts of the soul in Egyptian thought, typically imagined as a bird with a human head).  Artist unknown; Ptolemaic period (332-30 BCE).  Now in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Photo credit: LACMA.

Broad collar with falcon heads, belonging to an ancient Egyptian noblewoman named Senebtisi.  Made of faience, gold, carnelian, and turquoise.  Artist unknown; ca. 1850-1775 BCE (late 12th or early 13th Dynasty).  From Senebtisi’s tomb, part of the funerary complex of the vizier Senusret at Lisht, Egypt; now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Hunterston Brooch (Front and Back), Hunterston, North Ayrshire, 650 to 750 CE, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, 11.11.17.

This brooch is made from a substantial amount of silver with gilded decoration. Several centuries after it was made, the brooch was still in use; a Gaelic owner’s name was written on the reverse in Scandinavian runes.