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Hinged Cuff Bracelet

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, turquoise glass
Dimensions:
H. 7 cm (2 3/4 in); diam. at top 6 cm (2 3/8 in); diam. at bottom 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in); carnelian bead l. 0.7 cm; w. 0.3 mm
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
26.8.129
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118
These hinged bracelets (26.8.129, 26.8.130) are made of burnished gold inlaid with carnelian and glass that was originally turquoise and dark blue, but has faded. Each is inscribed on the inner surface with the cartouches and epithets of Thutmose III. They were worn on the wrist or upper arm with the king's name close to the woman's skin.
Purchased in Luxor with other objects presumed to be from western Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb 1, 1920.

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