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String of Beads with Feline-head Amulets

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Ahmose–Thutmose III
Date:
ca. 1550–1425 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Dra Abu el-Naga, Mandara, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1914
Medium:
Gold, Egyptian blue
Dimensions:
L. 67 cm (26 3/8 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.1364
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
The use of feline's-head ornaments in jewelry is well known from the Twelfth Dynasty (ca. 1981-1802 B.C.) and continues in the early Eighteenth Dynasty. It is difficult to identify the type of cat that the Egyptians had in mind, although most seem to be leopards, an animal that, in the Middle Kingdom, has apotropaic properties. For a feline-head ring in the collection see 26.7.773.
Excavated by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, Mandara, Thebes, 1914; acquired by Lord Carnarvon in the division of finds. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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