Twelve Bracelet Spacers

Late Middle Kingdom–Second Intermediate Period
Dynasty 12, late-17
ca. 1850–1550 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, MMA Cemetery 800, Tomb MMA 840, pit in portico, MMA 1912–1913
Silver rich in gold (electrum), plaster
of each: a-g, i, l: L. 3 x W. 1 x Th. 0.4 cm (1 3/16 x 3/8 x 3/16 in.) of h: L. 1.5 x W. 1 x Th. 0.4 cm (9/16 x 3/8 x 3/16 in.) of each: j and k: L. 3 x W. 0.6 x Th. 0.4 cm (1 3/16 x 1/4 x 3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1913
Accession Number:
  • Description

    These remains, possibly of a bracelet, were found with other pieces of jewelry in the plundered chamber reached by a shaft in the portico of a rock-cut tomb in the Asasif section of the Theban necropolis. Among the finds were parts of a rectangular wooden coffin with green hieroglyphs on a yellow background as well as a few remains of one or more model wooden boat(s), three scarabs (13.180.8- .10), two anhydrite toilet vessels (13.180.19a- .c, .20) and the group of jewelry items (13.180.1- .18a- .l) striking for the extensive use of silver. Dates that can be ascertained by stylistic comparisons to some of the objects range from the late Middle Kingdom (ca. 1850-1700 B. C.) to the late Second Intermediate Period (ca. 1580-1550 B. C.). A number of clay pots (28.3.239- .241 now in the Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago) from the area of the tomb but not with certainty identified as found inside the shaft and chamber from which the jewelry was obtained date to the late Second Intermediate Period.

  • Provenance

    Museum excavations, 1912-13. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1913.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History