Pectoral of King Shoshenq II

At its top, this pectoral King Shoshenq II displays two falcons, each wearing the Double Pschent Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. They are sitting upon the hieroglyphic symbol for sky, which is adorned with stars. Below, resting upon a boat, can be seen a lapis lazuli sun-disc, with an image of the enthroned god Amun-Ra-Horakhty before the goddess Maat at its center.

To either side is a goddess, each stretching her wings out in protection: to the left is Hathor, while to the right is Maat. Plants, symbolizing Upper and Lower Egypt, stand behind each. Water can be seen below the boat, represented by inlaid wavy lines. At the bottom are alternating open and closed lotuses, although the final lotus to the left is missing.

Pectoral of King Shoshenq II
Pectoral of King Shoshenq II

Third Intermediate Period, 22nd Dynasty, reign of Shoshenq II, ca. 887-885 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 72171

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