Collar Necklace of Hapiankhtifi
- Middle Kingdom
- Dynasty 12
- ca. 1981–1802 B.C.
- From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Meir (Mir), Tomb of Hapiankhtifi, Mummy, Khashaba excavations
- Faience, blue green and black
- L. 35 × W. 13.3 cm (13 3/4 × 5 1/4 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1912
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One of the complete burial groups excavated at Meir belonged to the Steward Hapiankhtifi. When the mummy was unwrapped in the Museum numerous objects were discovered: a model dagger and sheath, two mirrors, a bat amulet, jewelry, and a ceremonial flail–an emblem of Osiris, with whom the deceased is identified. Broad collars of faience beads such as this were an indispensible part of every funerary outfit. This one - restrung in the Museum - consists of 9 rows of cylindrical beads strung on edge in a sequence of 2 blue, 1 black, 2 blue, 1 black and 3 blue rows. At the bottom are 23 leaf pendants with 2 blue cylindrical beads strung together lengthwise between them. Two semi-circular clasps lay on the shoulders of the wearer.