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Choker of Gold Rings

Period:
Second Intermediate Period–Early New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 17–Early Dynasty 18
Date:
ca. 1635–1458 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Courtyard CC 41, Tomb R 4, Burial C 1, On body, MMA excavations, 1915–16
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
L. 33.5 cm (13 3/16 in); rings d. 0.6 cm (1/4 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
16.10.314
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
Chokers like this one are uncommon and seem to come from around Thebes; the earliest example is from a Dynasty 11 (ca. 2040 B.C.) burial. By the beginning of Dynasty 18, they were worn in multiple strings. These short necklaces are often referred to as shebiu, even though they do not resemble the traditional necklaces of lentoid beads called shebiu collars that the king awarded courtiers. Furthermore, several examples come from female burials and there is no evidence that women were ever awarded shebiu collars in early Dynasty 18.
Museum excavations, 1915–16. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1916.

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