The striking pattern on our watch is derived from a small masterpiece of Egyptian woodcarving (Middle Kingdom, ca. 1981–1975 B.C.) in the Museum’s collection. Discovered in the tomb of the king’s chief steward Meketre, this statue of a richly adorned woman carrying a basket of food on her head was created along with a companion piece now in Cairo. They personify estates that would have provided food for Meketre’s spirit in perpetuity. The feather pattern on the woman’s dress is often found in representations of goddesses.
18K gold overlay, hand enameled. Quartz movement. Hinged with a magnetic closure. 1 1/8''W; inner circumference: 7 1/2''.