Scarab Bracelet of King Tutankhamun

This rigid gold bracelet is composed of two semicircles joined together by a hinge on one side and a clasp on the other. The central plaque bears a cloisonne scarab inlaid with lapis lazuli. The scarab, symbol of the morning sun, was the most popular motif used in jewelry. Tutankhamun scarab bracelet itself is also inlaid with carnelian, lapis lazuli, and colored glass. The small circumference of this bracelet suggests that it was made for King Tut when he was a child.

Scarab Bracelet of King Tutankhamun. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 62360
Scarab Bracelet of King Tutankhamun. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 62360

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 62360

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