Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Shebiu Necklace of Hatnefer

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18, early
Reign:
reign of Thutmose II–Early Joint reign
Date:
ca. 1492–1473 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Hatnefer and Ramose (below TT 71), inside Basket "L", MMA excavations, 1935–36
Medium:
Faience, linen cord
Dimensions:
L. of necklace including ties 84 cm (33 1/16 in.); beads only 46.5 cm (18 5/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.3.70
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
This necklace was found in the tomb of Hatnefer (36.3.1) inside a basket that is now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. The basket also contained a razor (36.3.69), a sealed pottery juglet (36.3.67), a pottery jar (36.3.68), and a linen sheet (36.3.140).
The necklace consists of lentil-shaped beads made of Egyptian faience, a ceramic material made of quartz frit. The beads are still strung on the original two-ply linen cord.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

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