Necklace with a double-lion amulet, Linen, gold

Necklace with a double-lion amulet

Third Intermediate Period
late Dynasty 21
ca. 1000–945 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Henettawy F (MMA 59), MMA excavations, 1923–24
Linen, gold
Cord: Diam. ca. 10 cm (3 15/16 in.); amulet: L. 2.3 × H. 0.8 cm (7/8 × 5/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
Henettawy was buried with jewelry that she most likely wore during her life. This cord of two-ply linen, embellished with knots along its length and an amulet of pressed gold, was found around her neck. The amulet represents two lions arranged back to back. These are probably to be identified as Aker (also known as Ruti), the lions who guarded the horizons.
Museum excavations 1923–24. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1925.

Aston, David 2009. Burial Assemblages of Dynasty 21–25: Chronology – Typology – Developments. Contributions to the chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean, vol. 21, Denkschriften der Gesamtakademie, 56. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, p. 198.