JEWELLERY OF THE PRINCESS KHNUMIT
Identity: Khnumit, Daughter of Amenemhat II
Material: Gold, Turquoise, Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli
Period: Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty
Reign: Amenemhat II
Maximum Length: 35 cm
Maximum Width: 3 cm
These pieces were part of Khnumit's tomb accessories. The bracelets are simple chains of gold beads and clasps with a slide bar in gold cloisonn inlaid with semi-precious stones. The clasps are shaped into the hieroglyphic signs of "joy", "birth" and "all protection and life behind her". The bluish necklace has threaded beads of gold, turquoise and lapis lazuli and a row of tear-drop pendants worked in gold cloisonn set with turquoise and lapis lazuli. The second necklace is in the form of a broad wesekh collar. Its elements consist of gold cloisonn set with stones, two falcon heads as clasps and pairs of amulets arranged on either sides of a central ankh sign, a row of tri-colored pendants hanging below the amulets represents the signs of life, the Two ladies, unification, stability, power, protection, etc.