Necklace - ROM2018_16320_35



Medium:Lapis lazuli, turquoise, glazed composition (faience), gold and carnelian
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
43.8 cm
Object number: 922.8.2
Credit Line: Gift of the Members of the Royal Ontario Museum
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionThis attractive necklace boasts ten golden hawk amulets as well as beads of lapis lazuli, turquoise and carnelian. Among the other amulets are two figures of the god Bes, or perhaps his female counterpart, Beset.

The golden images of Horus call to mind the ‘Horus of Gold’ name of the king, one of five names in the royal titulary, but there is no certain link with this amulet. Gold is a symbol of perfection and changeless beauty, also associated with the god Seth, Horus’ uncle and rival. Could these golden hawks be an attempt to honour both gods?

Unfortunately, the necklace was not excavated, so there is no way of knowing if this assemblage was original, or if these attractive beads were put together in modern times to please a customer.

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