DescriptionThe Museum’s collection includes a beautiful bracelet from the burial tomb of Hepy, a young, well-born Egyptian woman who lived during Dynasty 12 (Middle Kingdom, ca. 1950–1885 B.C.). Her tomb was excavated in 1933–34 by the Egyptian Expedition of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The bracelet features rows of round gold spacers connected by multiple strands of lapis lazuli beads. This lavish adornment is the source for our superb earrings and necklace.
24K gold overlay, with amethyst beads.
Earrings: 1 1/4''L x 1/2''W. Pierced, with gold-filled posts.
Necklace: Hook-and-eye closure. Adjusts from 14''L to 17''L with extender chain.
- 24K gold overlay, with amethyst beads
- Earrings: 1 1/4''L x 1/2''W. Pierced, with gold-filled posts
- Necklace: Hook-and-eye closure. Adjusts from 14''L to 17''L with extender chain
Art HistoryAncient Egyptian craftsmen were fortunate to have access to a wide array of materials that were used in jewelry making. Gold, silver, and semiprecious stones such as turquoise, carnelian, and amethyst were mined in Egypt and Sinai. The only commonly used gemstone that had to be imported was lapis lazuli, which originated in Afghanistan and traveled along trade routes through the ancient Near East to Egypt.