From Egypt; Probably from Upper Egypt, Thebes, Wadi Qabbanat el-Qurud, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III (Wadi D, Tomb 1)
Gold, carnelian, obsidian, glass
H 24 cm (9 7/16 in); w. 38 cm (14 15/16 in)
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Purchase, Frederick P. Huntley Bequest, 1958
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118
By the New Kingdom, broad collar necklaces were the most frequently worn pieces of jewelry among the royalty and elite in ancient Egypt. This necklace belonged to one of three foreign wives of Thutmose III. The king's name is inscribed on the backs of the falcon-headed terminals indicating that it was a gift from him to his wife.
Probably from western Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb 1, found during World War I.