Collar Necklace of Hapiankhtifi
ca. 1981–1802 B.C.
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Meir (Mir), Tomb of Hapi Ankhtifi, Mummy, Khashaba
Faience, blue green and black
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1912
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.
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