Beaded bracelet - ROM2016_15146_51


Beaded bracelet

Medium:Glazed composition (faience) and gold
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
15.5 x 5.5 cm
Object number: 910.81.11
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

The Ancient Egyptians used the same word for bracelet and anklet: menefret.  The terms 'for the legs' or 'for the arms' could be added to specify.  Anklets were commonly worn in the Old and Middle KIngdoms, but seem to have fallen out of fashion in the New Kingdom, though both the mummies of bothTutankhamun and Psusennes were adorned with anklets.

This bracelet or anklet was strung from faience and golden beads of the New Kingdom, but in imitation of the gold, carnelian and turquoise anklets of the lady Sit-hathor-iunet of the Twelfth Dynasty, from her grave at Lahun.  The originals are now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,16.1.10a-11a.  Somewhat similar bracelets were found in the grave of Aahotep, an Eighteenth Dynasty King's Wife and King's Mother; those bracelets are now in the Cairo Museum, CG 52070.

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