Category: 3rd intermediate period

Figurine of the god Ptah

Copper alloy inlaid with gold. Ptah usually represented as a man with mummiform body, wearing a skullcap and holding a scepter of power. Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1070-664 BC. Now in the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Mythological papyrus of Imenemsauf, Chief bearer of Amun, detail. Third Intermediate Period, 21st-22nd Dynasty, ca. 1070-720 BC. Now in the Louvre.

Gold bracelet from the tomb of Psusennes I at

Tanis, one of 22 bracelets found on the king’s arms

Inlaid with carnelian and other semi-precious stones, the hieroglyphic text, including a large wadjet symbol, gives the names and titles of the king and requests that he enjoy longevity.

Gold, carnelian, feldspar, lapis lazuli,

dia=12.2 cm.

Reign of Psusennes I. Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty, ca. 1047-1001 BC BC.

Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Photo Werner Forman Archive / Getty.

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

Necklace of


I, from the Tomb of


I at Tanis

(gold, jasper, glass and feldspar, length: 42 cms)

The pectoral here takes the form of a winged scarab, sitting above a shen-symbol, with the cartouche of the king at the front. The wings are decorated with horizontal rows of precious stones. Chapter 30 of the Book of the Dead is inscribed on the underside of the scarab, in which the deceased asks his heart not to testify against him during the judgement before Osiris. The pectoral is attached to a series of beads ending in a lotus-form counterpoise. 

Reign of Psusennes I. Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty, ca. 1047-1001 BC. Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Fragment of a relief depicting the birth of a calf


14.2 x 17.8 cms), from

El-Assasif, Thebes. Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1069-664 BC. Now in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York.