egypt-museum: Pectoral of Shoshenq II  At it…

egypt-museum:

Pectoral of Shoshenq II 

At its top, this pectoral displays two falcons, each wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. They are sitting upon the hieroglyphic symbol for sky, which is adorned with stars. Below, resting upon a boat, can be seen a lapis lazuli sun-disc, with an image of the enthroned god Amun-Ra-Horakhty before the goddess Ma’at at its center. 

To either side is a goddess, each stretching her wings out in protection: to the left is Hathor, while to the right is Ma’at. Plants, symbolizing Upper and Lower Egypt, stand behind each. Water can be seen below the boat, represented by inlaid wavy lines. At the bottom are alternating open and closed lotuses, although the final lotus to the left is missing. 

Third Intermediate Period, 22nd Dynasty, reign of Shoshenq II, ca. 887-885 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

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egypt-museum: Gold earrings of Seti II This ea…

egypt-museum:

Gold earrings of Seti II

This ear ornament of King Seti II was found in 1908 with other artifacts belonging to the king and to Queen Tausert in a hiding place in the Valley of the Kings.

It is composed of a flat trapezoidal centerpiece from which hang seven pendants in the form of cornflowers. At the end of the upper hollow tube of the earring, which is meant to keep a wig in place, there is a concave corolla of eight petals on one side and a stud on the other.

The birth and throne names are engraved on the flat piece. The use of earrings and ear ornaments as accessories to enhance the beauty of both sexes has been known since the era of the New Kingdom.

Discovered with a cache of jewelry in the Gold Tomb (KV56) in the Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. New Kingdom, late 19th Dynasty, reign of Seti II, ca. 1200-1194 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

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Photo: Sandro Vannini

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