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Necklace of lizard amulets, beads and pendants

 

Length: 27.300 cm

EA 3081

Ancient Egypt and Sudan

    Necklace of lizard amulets, beads and pendants

    From Egypt
    18th Dynasty, 1470-1350 BC

    Gold lizards and cornelian beads

    Hollow gold lizards alternate with cornelian barrel beads and hollow gold date-shaped pendants. The central gold drop is inlaid with lapis lazuli and a cornelian cornflower pendant is attached at one end of the string.

    As well as being decorative, it was believed that these necklaces endowed the wearer with the powers and qualities symbolized by the amulets. For example, the fly was seen as a symbol of persistence and the lizard as one of regeneration because of its ability to re-grow wounded limbs. Lizards, often seen basking in the sun, were also believed to be manifestations of the sun-god Atum.

    C.A.R. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt (London, The British Museum Press, 1994)

    C.A.R. Andrews, Ancient Egyptian jewellery (London, The British Museum Press, 1996)

    S. Quirke and A.J. Spencer, The British Museum book of anc (London, The British Museum Press, 1992)

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