The royal chief steward Meketre began his career under King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II of Dynasty 11, and continued to serve successive kings. During excavations of his tomb in Thebes, a small, painted masterpiece of Egyptian woodcarving (Middle Kingdom, ca. 1981–1975 B.C.) was discovered. This unnamed statue of a richly adorned woman carrying a basket of food on her head and a duck in her right hand was created along with a companion piece now in Cairo. Judging by her jewelry and feather dress, this woman was regarded as a quasi-divine female whose role blended with that of the funerary goddesses Isis and Nephthys. We have adapted her feather-pattern dress, often found in representations of goddesses, for our singular necklace.
14K gold overlay, hand enameled. 18''L with 1 1/2'' extender and toggle closure or 36''L with lobster claw closure.