The Egyptian Lotus Earrings is based on the design from the broad collar found in the Museum's collection from pharaoh Thutmose III (New Kingdom, ca. 1479-1425 B.C.) of gold inlaid with carnelian, turquoise and blue glass.
24K gold overlay, with lapis lazuli, carnelian, and turquoise. Hand enameled. Pierced, with gold-filled posts. 1 3/4''L.
- 24K gold overlay
- Hand enameled
- Lapis lazuli, carnelian, and turquoise
- 1 3/4''L
- Gold-filled posts
Art HistoryThe lotus was one of the most revered flowers and symbols of ancient Egypt. It represented daily rebirth and rejuvenation because it closed at night and reopened in the morning to reveal a central yellow circle and its radiating petalsólike the rising sun. Broad collars were most frequently worn by royalty, and among the Museum's collection of Egyptian jewelry from pharaoh Thutmose III is a broad collar of gold inlaid with carnelian, turquoise and blue glass. This particular piece is believed to be a gift to one of his wives.