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Necklace with 2 baboon amulets

Period:
Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty:
late Dynasty 21
Date:
ca. 1000–945 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Henettawy F (MMA 59), MMA excavations, 1923–24
Medium:
Linen, gold
Dimensions:
Cord: Diam. ca. 10 cm (3 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.3.189b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
Henettawy most likely wore the jewelry found on her mummy during her life. One of three linen cords found around her neck, this example is adorned with 28 knots and two gold baboon amulets. Denizens of Egypt’s deserts, baboons were associated with the rising sun and hence with the eternal solar cycle of death and rebirth.
Museum excavations 1923–24. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1925.

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