Jewels of a princess

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1570-1320 B.C.

Gold, carnelian, lapis lazuli, turquoise, and other semi-precious stones, from Thebes

This is an extraordinary collection of original jewelry, some examples of which most certainly belonged to a princess who lived during the early years of Dynasty 18. The taller, cylindrical bracelets are remarkable because their beads are still strung on the original, thin gold wire. One assumes that these jewels were placed on the princess' mummy for the symbolic value of the materials from which they were made. The gold and red stones would associate her with the sun and those of blue and green would equate her with the plant world. Just as the sun rose each day and just as plants sprouted anew with each successive season, so too, it was thought that the princess would be resurrected in the Hereafter.

Photo courtesy of Roemer und Pelizaeus Museum

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