Carved Plaque from a Bracelet

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 119

Openwork representation of a female sphinx whose human hands present a cartouche with the prenomen of Amenhotep III Neb-Maat-Re. This sphinx is often identified as Queen Tiye whose name is indeed in some cases written beside a sphinx image. It is, however, also possible that the creature on this bracelet plaque represents a mythic being of a more general nature. Wings, headdress and jewelry point to close connections with foreign lands (Nubia, Asia, Shasu Bedouins), and the presentation of the king's name was a ritual that another, closely connected bracelet plaque (26.7.1340) shows in connection with the king's jubilee (Heb Sed).

Carved Plaque from a Bracelet, Sard

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