Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Broad collar of Nefer Amulets

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Date:
ca. 1504–1450 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III
Medium:
Gold, crizzled glass, Egyptian blue
Dimensions:
greatest w. 31 cm (12 3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921; Purchase, Frederick P. Huntley Bequest, 1958; Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1982
Accession Number:
26.8.135a
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118
The "nefer" hieroglyph signifies the word meaning "good" or "beautiful," so perhaps this necklace was meant to bring good wishes to the wearer. A collar of this size and craftsmanship belonged to a member of the upper class - in this case, a wife of Thutmose III.
26.88.135a purchased in Luxor with other objects presumed to be from western Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb 1, 1920. 58.153.9-.10: beads believed to be from same tomb; purchased from Ernst E. Kofler, Lucerne, Switzerland, 1958. 1982.137.3: believed to be from same tomb; purchased from Uraeus Gallery, Paris, 1982

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8 Nefer Pendants - see 26.8.135a

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5 Palmettes - see 26.8.135a

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40 nefer signs - see 26.8.135a

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