String of Beads with Feline-head Amulets
- New Kingdom
- Dynasty 18
- reign of Ahmose–Thutmose III
- ca. 1550–1425 B.C.
- From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Dra Abu el-Naga, Mandara, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1914
- Gold, Egyptian blue
- L. 67 cm (26 3/8 in)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
- Accession Number:
The use of feline's-head ornaments in jewelry is well known from the Twelfth Dynasty (ca. 1981-1802 B.C.) and continues in the early Eighteenth Dynasty. It is difficult to identify the type of cat that the Egyptians had in mind, although most seem to be leopards, an animal that, in the Middle Kingdom, has apotropaic properties. For a feline-head ring in the collection see 26.7.773.