Depictions of cats were often used as elements in jewelry, as seen on a pair of cuff bracelets in the Museum’s collection that once belonged to one of three foreign wives of the pharaoh Thutmose III (ca. 1479–1425 B.C.). These original cuff bracelets, made of gold, carnelian, lapis lazuli, and turquoise glass, are each decorated with five recumbent cats, two of gold and three of carnelian. The Museum’s charming pin is adapted from these ancient Egyptian cats.
22K matte gold overlay. 1 5/8''L x 1 1/4''W.