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Collar Necklace of Hapiankhtifi

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12
ca. 1981–1802 B.C.
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Meir, Tomb of Hapiankhtifi, Mummy, Khashaba excavations, 1910–12
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
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 112
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.
Purchased from Sayyid Pasha Khashaba by J. Pierpont Morgan and donated to the Museum, 1912.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 308.

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