Bracelet of King Shoshenq II

Bracelet of King Shoshenq II. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 72184B

One of a pair of bracelets found around the wrist of king Shoshenq II with representations of the Wadjet eye above the hieroglyphic “Neb” sign symbolizing eternal protection for the king. The Egyptians often referred to the sun and the moon as the “eyes” of particular gods. The right eye of the god Re, for instance, was equated with the sun, and his left eye of Horus equated with the moon.

Third Intermediate Period, 22nd Dynasty, reign of Shoshenq II, ca. 887-885 BC. Made of gold, lapis lazuli, carnelian and white faience. From the Tomb of Shoshenq II at Tanis. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 72184B

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