From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III
Gold, crizzled glass, Egyptian blue
greatest w. 31 cm (12 3/16 in.)
Rogers Fund, 1921; Purchase, Frederick P. Huntley Bequest, 1958; Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1982
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118
The "nefer" hieroglyph signifies the word meaning "good" or "beautiful," so perhaps this necklace was meant to bring good wishes to the wearer. A collar of this size and craftsmanship belonged to a member of the upper class - in this case, a wife of Thutmose III.
26.88.135a purchased in Luxor with other objects presumed to be from western Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb 1, 1920. 58.153.9-.10: beads believed to be from same tomb; purchased from Ernst E. Kofler, Lucerne, Switzerland, 1958. 1982.137.3: believed to be from same tomb; purchased from Uraeus Gallery, Paris, 1982