Pectoral of Princess Sithathor

Pectoral of Princess Sithathor

The frame of this pectoral is topped by a cavetto cornice. Below, at the center of the piece, is a cartouche of Senusret II, surmounted by the hieroglyphic symbol for gods. On either side of the cartouche is a hawk, each wearing the Double Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, and standing on a neb-symbol, meaning gold. Behind each hawk is a cobra and a sun-disc, with each cobra passing through an ankh-symbol.

The pectoral is attached to a chain of gold beads, and semi-precious stones. Made out of gold, carnelian, turquoise and lapis-lazuli.

Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, ca. 1991-1803 BC. From the Tomb of Princess Sithathor, next to the pyramid of king Senusret III at Dahshur. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 30857; CG52001

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