This gold-covered knot was among the objects discovered in a foundation deposit in front of the tomb of Hatshepsut (KV 20) in the Valley of the Kings. Foundation deposits often contained magical implements and amulets intended to protect building or tomb that they marked. For more information on this deposit, see 30.8.6.
Theodore M. Davis excavations by Carter, 1903-1904. Acquired by Davis in the division of finds, 1903. Bequeathed to the Museum by Davis, 1915; accessioned 1930.
Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p.103.