Pectoral with an Opposing Seth and Hieracosphinx

At the center of this pectoral is a symbol representing the goddess Hathor, imagery that was already ancient by the Middle Kingdom. On the right is the god Seth, who can signify southern Egypt, while on the left is a hieracosphinx representing Horus, a deity here related to northern Egypt.

The beautifully worked back of the pectoral is displayed here. The front was originally inlaid with semiprecious stones, few of which remain in place.

Pectoral with an Opposing Seth Animal and Hieracosphinx
Pectoral with an Opposing Seth Animal and Hieracosphinx

Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, probably reign of Senusret II or Senusret III, ca. 1897-1841 B.C BC. Electrum with remains of lapis lazuli, carnelian, and amazonite inlays; H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm). Probably from Dahshur. Now in the Myers Museum, Eton College. Cat.74