Kallos Gallery

An Egyptian gold and amethyst necklace

An Egyptian gold and amethyst necklace

New Kingdom, 16th – 13th century B.C.

37cm long

An Egyptian gold and amethyst necklace

New Kingdom, 16th – 13th century B.C.

37cm long

 

The necklace is probably the most popular type of ancient Egyptian jewelry presenting various designs of contrasting material, color, and shape. Many necklaces also combine beads and pendants representing motifs from nature and hieroglyphic signs.

 

This necklace is designed as a string of beads with numerous pendants. The center is accentuated by a large amethyst pendant of triangular shape that is separated from the rest by two small round beads of gold. Forty-two amethyst beads of ovoid shape are strung together and are interspersed with twenty gold pendants. The horizontal and vertical placement supplies the composition with rhythmical alternation of elements. The design plays upon contrast of the rich yellow gold and violet amethyst, the shine of metal and translucency of the polished stone. The ancient craftsman has demonstrated a refined aesthetic by skillfully combining natural and abstract shapes in this simple yet sophisticated arrangement.

 

CONDITION

Complete with no damage or repairs, expected wear to edges of pendant and beads. The necklace has a modern gold clasp at each end

PROVENANCE

Ex- Dubois Collection, acquired in Egypt, 1900-07.

 

EXHIBITED

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 1920-1945; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1945; Museum of Man, San Diego, 1968 (M100).

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