Bracelet of Plain and Striped Rings of Psusennes I

This plain bracelet is of unusual, delicate and simple design. It was found on the mummy of King Psusennes I. Among the jewelry found in Tanis, there were varieties of designs, mostly comprising stone scarabs and inlays of semiprecious stones and glass.

The bracelet is in two parts of seven tubes connected by a hinge and a clasp using a pin that goes all through the tube. The tubes are soldered together; three of them are striped and alternate with the four plain ones.

Gold Bracelet of Plain and Striped Rings of King Psusennes I
Gold Bracelet of Plain and Striped Rings of King Psusennes I

The plain bracelet of Psusennes I is engraved inside with a hieroglyphic text of two lines. The upper line gives the name of the owner, “The King, the Lord of the Two Lands, the First Prophet of Amun-Re, King of the Gods, Son of Re, Psusennes , beloved of Amun.”

The lower line is the dedication of the bracelet by the queen to her husband as follows: “The First Great Royal Wife of His Majesty, Lady of the Two Lands, Mutnedjmet.”

Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty, reign of Psusennes I, ca. 1047-1001 BC. From the Tomb of Psusennes I, NRT III, Tanis (San al-Hagar). Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 85760