Bracelet of King Psusennes I

This bracelet is decorated with a winged scarab as its major feature. The scarab holds the sun-disc in its front legs, and the shen-sign of infinity with its rear legs. The cartouches of Psusennes I can also be seen, each surmounted by a sun-disc.

Bracelet of King Psusennes I. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 86028
Bracelet of King Psusennes I. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 86028

The cartouches and the scarab are separated by ovals decorated with different colored semi-precious stones, meant to represent the wings of the scarab. His names are written underneath the sun disc, each in a separate Cartouche. The first, on the right, is his birth name read: Pa-sba-kha-n-niwt or ‘The Shining Star in the City’. On the left is his throne name: Aa-kheper-Ra Setp-n-Imn ‘Great is the transformation of Ra, the chosen of Amun’.

Bracelet of King Psusennes I. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 86028
Bracelet of King Psusennes I. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 86028

Scarabs and the Wadjet eyes were the most popular forms of amulets to ward off evil from the time of the New Kingdom on. The wings of the scarab are set with stones of various colors but in a herringbone pattern. 

Bracelets and anklets were items of major importance for the protection of the mummy as the role of their patterns was to guarantee immortality to the deceased. In total, 26 bracelets and anklets were found on Psusennes’ mummy, 10 on the right arm, 12 on the left, 2 above the knees, and 2 at the ankles.

Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty, reign of Psusennes I, ca. 1047-1001 BC. From the Tomb of Psusennes I, NRT III, Tanis. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 86028

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