Diameter: 2.300 cm (exterior)
Acquired in 1919
Ancient Egypt and Sudan
Gold earring of Tawosret
From Tomb no. 56, Valley of the Kings, Thebes,
19th Dynasty (around 1200-1186 BC)
This earring is one of a pair found in the tomb of a royal child in the Valley of the Kings. It bears the name of Tawosret, the principal queen of Sety II and regent during the reign of his successor Saptah. As Saptah had no obvious successor, Tawosret then took the throne. Her death marked the end of the Nineteenth Dynasty. This earring may have originally come from her tomb in the Valley of Kings, subsequently taken over by her successor Sethnakht.
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The technique used
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It is not certain how this type of earring was worn. The ear lobe could be stretched so that it passed between the ends of the earring, which clipped onto the lobe when it was released. Alternatively, the end of the earring could be passed through the pierced lobe, although the hole would have to be quite large. Evidence from tomb paintings, jewellery and burials have shown that pierced ears were fashionable for both men and women during the New Kingdom (1550-1070 BC).
E.R. Russmann, Eternal Egypt: masterworks of (University of California Press, 2001)
C.A.R. Andrews, Ancient Egyptian jewellery (London, The British Museum Press, 1996)