A Lotus-shaped pendant once belonged to Imhotep, a high official in the royal court of King Thutmose I. Excavated by Ernesto Schiaparelli and Francesco Ballerini.
The Lotus was shown throughout Egypt in tombs and temples to symbolize the union of Upper and Lower Egypt. It symbolizes the sun, creation, and rebirth because at night, the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again.
New Kingdom, early-18th Dynasty, reign of Thutmose I, ca. 1493-1482 BC. From Tomb of Imhotep (QV46), Valley of the Queens, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum of Turin. S. 5108