This beaded bracelet of Queen Ahhotep, which is one of a pair, was found along with other jewels inside her sarcophagus. The bracelet is composed of 30 rows of gold beads and semiprecious stones (lapis lazuli, turquoise and carnelian), alternating with each other in a special design to form triangles and squares. The clasp is made out of two gold sheets that slide within each other to close the bracelet tight.
Second Intermediate Period, 17th Dynasty, ca. 1560-1530 BC. From Dra’ Abu el-Naga’, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 4685