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The Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt - Bead Bracelets of Queen Ahhotep


BEAD BRACELETS OF QUEEN AHHOTEP

BEAD BRACELETS OF QUEEN AHHOTEP

Identity: Ahhotep, Queen
Material: Gold, Semi-precious stones
Period: New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty
Reign: Ahmose

Dimensions:
Height: 4.3 cm
Diameter: 4.7 cm
Weight: 61.5 g

Height: 3.6 cm
Diameter: 5.4 cm
Weight: 51 g

The bracelet on the left consists of 18 rows of beads strung together with gold thread that form alternating bands of gold, lapis lazuli, carnelian and turquoise. The seven gold bands are rigid and comprise rows of beads welded one to the other, through which the gold threads pass. It is decorated with hieroglyphs of polished gold set in lapis lazuli. Among the insets is the text: "the perfect god, lord of the two lands Ahmose, given life forever". The second bracelet is one of an identical pair. In this case, thirty rows of beads follow the same procedure but in a different design.

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