Pectoral of Mereret
Movement Egyptian | Middle Kingdom | 12th Dynasty
Medium Gold, carnelian, lapis lazuli, turquoise
Dimensions height 2.4″
Provenance Tomb of Mereret, Pyramid complex of Senwosret III, Dahshur, Egypt
Housed at Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Jewelry was an essential decoration of the ruling elite, whether it was used as a status symbol in official ceremonies or perhaps as protection in the afterlife when placed on mummies, as this one was. Exquisite craftsmanship and lavish materials were used to depict two sphinxes crushing enemies underfoot, while raising the king’s name beneath the wings of a vulture.