Girdle with gold and lapis wallet-shaped beads

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118

This hip belt, or girdle, belonged to one of three foreign wives of Thutmose III. It is generally accepted that the larger "wallet" beads of gold and lapis lazuli are stylized cowrie shells. Such beads were popular in the Middle Kingdom and symbolized fertility.

Girdle with gold and lapis wallet-shaped beads, Gold, lapis lazuli

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