Necklace of Golden Flies

Materials: Gold, silver, bronze Current location: Luxor Museum, Luxor Owner: Queen Ahhotep, wife of King Taa of Thebes and mother of Ahmose I.

“The wings of the flies are made from sheet gold upon which a second piece—hammered into a mold to represent the head and eyes—has been soldered. Slots were then cut along the back to represent the body of the fly. These are said to flash as the wearer moves, capturing the iridescence of the living insect.”

A necklace of golden flies—a traditional reward for valor on the battlefield
A necklace of golden flies—a traditional reward for valor on the battlefield

From the beautifully illustrated book ‘Ancient Egyptian Jewelry: 50 Masterpieces of Art and Design’, by Nigel Fletcher-Jones (AUC Press, 2020).

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