Mon. May 23rd, 2022
Duck Bracelet of King Ramesses II

The solid gold bangle is composed of two parts, linked on one side by a hinge and on the other by a clasp. The broader upper part of the bracelet is decorated with a double-headed duck.

Its body consists of a large chunk of lapis lazuli framed by broad bands of gold plate. The two heads and the duck´s spread out tail were made of gold decorated with small soldered beads and wire.

Gold mining has a long history in Egypt, as ancient artifacts attest. This gold and lapis lazuli bracelet was probably worn by Ramesses II or one of his favorites. From Bubastis (Tell-Basta). From the Collections of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 39873

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