Our pendant is based on an original in the Museum's collection from the Middle Kingdom (ca. 20401640 B.C.) that was hand-formed in electrum, a natural alloy of gold and silver, in the shape of a pearl oyster shell.
Sterling silver, with black leather cord. Pendant: 1 1/2''L. Cord: 18''L.
- Sterling silver
- Black leather cord
- Sterling silver end caps
- Cord: 18''LPendant: 1 1/2''L
Art HistoryThe Egyptians used actual shells as jewelry, but they were equally fond of reproducing the shape in precious metal, even to the slight rim along the outside edge and the small protuberances at the hinge end. In ancient Egypt, pendants, necklaces, earrings, diadems, armlets, bracelets, anklets, and hair ornaments not only beautified the wearer, but sometimes also served as amulets, protecting the owner from harm.