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Cuff Bracelets Decorated with Cats

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Thutmose III
Date:
ca. 1479–1425 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III
Medium:
Gold, carnelian, lapis-lazuli, turquoise glass
Dimensions:
l. 16.8 cm (6 5/8 in); w. 5.1 cm (2 in); th. 2.2 cm (7/8 in) cat spacer: d. 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.); w. 2.9 cm ( 1 1/8in.) barrels l. 0.6-0.9 cm
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1919–1922; Rogers Fund, 1922; Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1988 (1988.17)
Accession Number:
26.8.121a
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118
The cats on this bracelet are similar to elements of royal jewelry dating to the beginning of Dynasty 18. The animal was sacred to the goddess Bastet, the benign counterpart of Sakhmet who incorporated the fierceness of a lioness.
Purchased in Luxor with other objects presumed to be from western Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb 1, 1919-1922.

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