Gold Jewelry of Princess Khenmet

These items of jewelry belonging to Princess Khenmet are made with the decorative cloisonné technique of applied gold threads and tiny beads that was very popular outside Egypt, particularly in Syria.

The first chain has a pendant of a spotted heifer in a round border in blue enamel. This one is attached to two chains ending by two open work flower pendants. The third item is a delicate butterfly-shaped clasp made from thin gold leaf. On the top, there are small gold birds which were ornaments that adorned the princess’ hair. The second chain consists of a series of pendants in the form of shells and two large five-pointed stars. The third chain is a series of pendants in the shape of stylized bees.

Gold Jewelry of Princess Khnumit. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 3112,24,26,27
Gold Jewelry of Princess Khenmet. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 3112,24,26,27

Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, reign of Amenemhat II, ca. 1932-1898 BC. From the Tomb of Khenmet, Funerary Complex of Amenemhat II at Dahshur. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 3112,24,26,27

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