Necklace w/ Pectoral Bearing Cartouche of Senusret II, Found in the Tomb of Princess Sithathor, Egypt

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Necklace with a pectoral bearing the cartouche of Senusret II (made of gold, carnelian, turquoise and lapis-lazuli) from the Tomb of Princess Sithathor, which sits next to the pyramid of king Senusret III at Dahshur. Photographer unknown (Egyptian Museum, Cairo).

The frame of this pectoral is topped by a cavetto cornice. Below, at the center of the piece, is a cartouche of Senusret II, surmounted by the hieroglyphic symbol for gods. On either side of the cartouche is a hawk, each wearing the Double Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, and standing on a neb-symbol, meaning gold. Behind each hawk is a cobra and a sun-disc, with each cobra passing through an ankh-symbol. The pectoral is attached to a chain of gold beads, and semi-precious stones. Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, ca. 1991-1803 BC.

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