Category: jewelry

Bracelets from the tomb of King DjerFour brace…

Bracelets from the tomb of King Djer

Four bracelets were discovered by Flinders Petrie on a bandaged arm in the tomb of king Djer at Umm El Qa’ab Necropolis, Abydos, in 1901.

They may thus have all belonged to the same princess.

They are beautifully made, and show the high quality of work that was already being produced as early as the First Dynasty.

Lapis lazuli, turquoise, amethyst and gold. Early Dynastic Period, 1st Dynasty, ca. 3150-2890 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Ram’s head pendantSilver pendant in shap…

Ram’s head pendant

Silver pendant in shape of ram’s head with the uraeus on it, with incised details. From

Tahpanhes, 2.75 x 2.07 cm. Late Period, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664-525 BC. Now in the British Museum.

Ancient Egyptian Signet Ring

Ancient Egyptian Signet Ring

This ring belonging to a person call Sa-Neith, who held the following titles: ‘Prophet and Divine Father’, ‘Director of Chapels (of the goddess Neith)’, ‘Priest of Horus’, ‘He whose two Diadems are Great’, ‘Lord of the City of Letopolis (in the delta; possibly the city of origin of the owner of the ring)’. 

Made of solid gold. Late Period, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664-525 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona.

Sarcophagus of Lady TadjaGrave goods with de…

Sarcophagus of Lady Tadja

Grave goods with detail of her jewelry box with lid, variedly decorated rings, and necklace made of Egyptian faience. Excavated from Abusir el-Meleq

along the Nile River in Middle Egypt.

Third Intermediate Period, 25th Dynasty, ca. 744-656 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum of Berlin. Photo: Sandra Steiss

Head of the god Osiris

Head of the god Osiris

In ancient Egypt, gold, silver and electrum were the metals of choice for making jewelry. Due to its brilliance and incorruptibility, gold was associated with the Sun and the concept of immortality (hence the decision to make the bodies of gods from gold). Silver was associated with the Moon, and was used for the bones of the gods. In its natural state or when produced artificially, electrum is a composite of gold and silver. As a result, it assumed symbolic functions.

Late Period, ca. 664-332 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona.

Golden flies of Queen Ahhotep IIah (“pea…

Golden flies of Queen Ahhotep I

Iah (“peace of the moon”),

the mother of Ahmose I. The fly symbolized tenacity, this ceremonial necklace given as award for valor in battle. Second Intermediate Period, 17th Dynasty, ca. 1580-1550 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Silver Snake Bracelet Egyptian silver brace…

Silver Snake Bracelet

Egyptian silver bracelet in the form of a double-headed snake, Ptolemaic Period, ca. 300-100 BC. Now in the Private Collection.

Bracelet of Princess Khnumit Lion claw brac…

Bracelet of Princess Khnumit

Lion claw bracelet of princess Khnumit, daughter of

Amenemhat II. 

Gold, turquoise, carnelian and lapis Lazuli, excavated from the Tomb of Khnumit, Funerary Complex of Amenemhat II at Dahshur.

Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, ca. 1991-1802 BC. Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Motto Clasp of Sithathoriunet From the …

Motto Clasp of

Sithathoriunet

From the Tomb of Sithathoriunet

(BSA Tomb 8), funerary complex of Senusret II at El Lahun. Excavated by Petrie at Lahun under the sponsorship of the British School of Archaeology in Egypt, 1914.

Gold, carnelian and glass paste. Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, reign of Senwosret II-Amenemhat III, ca. 1887-1813 BC. Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gold Finger Ring

Gold Finger Ring

Finger-ring of gold, incised on the top with the name of Queen Neferneferuaten Nefertiti, from Tell el-Amarna, probably the Royal Tomb. Amarna Period, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353-1336 BC. Now in the National Museums Scotland.