Bracelets of Sheshonq II, from the Tomb of S…

Bracelets of Sheshonq II, from the Tomb of Sheshonq II at Tanis

(gold, lapis lazuli, carnelian and faience,

height: 4.6 cm)

Reign of Sheshonq II. Third Intermediate Period, 22nd Dynasty, ca. 887-885 BC. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 72184a-b.

“These two bracelets are identical except that one represents the wadjet eye from the right and the other from the left. The cartouches of the king can be seen within the bracelets, while, on the outside, vertical strips run along the surface, made from gold and lapis lazuli. The eye sits on a neb-basket, and is formed from lapis lazuli, with a pupil of black stone. The wadjet-eye symbol was believed to protect the wearer from harm.”

Photo: Sandro Vannini / Text: Inside the Egyptian Museum with Zahi Hawass