Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Necklace of Renisenib

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12–13
ca. 1810–1700 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Birabi, pit tomb CC 25, burial of Reniseneb, around mummy's neck, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1910
Gold, obsidian
l. 79 cm (31 1/8 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 111
This necklace was found around the neck of the mummy of Reniseneb. A mirror (26.7.1351) inscribed with Reniseneb's name and title was also found on the mummy. His coffin had been placed in a pit tomb that contained at least five other burials, all of which had been ransacked. The fact that Reniseneb's coffin was undisturbed and had been placed on top of fragments from the rifled burials may indicate that it was placed in the tomb after the robbery had occurred.
Excavated by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, 1910; acquired by Lord Carnarvon in the division of finds. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

Carnarvon, 5th Earl of and Howard Carter 1912. Five Years' Explorations at Thebes. pp. 55, 60, pl. LI.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 236.

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