Pectoral. New Kingdom, ca. 1550–1070 B. C.

opaque glass
H. 8,4 cm; w. 8,4 cm; th. 1,7 cm
Purchased from Vladimir Golenischev
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The primary purpose of all Ancient Egyptian jewelry was to protect a person or certain parts of
his or her body from diseases, dangerous animals, evil spirits, or natural disasters. Jewelry was
worn by both men and women in life and in death – it was put on mummies or in special cases.
This is confirmed by numerous statues, reliefs, and paintings. Magical properties came from the
materials that a jewelry piece was made of – first of all, from semi-precious stones. Faience was
an extremely popular material and a cheaper replacement for gems.

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