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    Gold cuff bracelet of Prince Nemareth: the inner side of the smaller segment of this bracelet is inscribed for a man with the Libyan name of Nimlot (also rendered as Nemareth or the like). The external decoration of the bracelet consists of geometric decoration and a figure of a child god. The god is represented in a typical ancient Egyptian manner for a male child: nude, wearing a long sidelock of hair and with a finger to the mouth. That this is not a mere human child, however, is indicated by his crook-shaped scepter of rule, the uraeus on his forehead, and his headdress, which is a lunar crescent and disk. The deity depicted on these bracelets is most probably Harpocrates. Two uraei guard the lunar symbols. Presumably, they represent the protective goddesses of Upper and Lower Egypt, which the Egyptians often equated with the ordered universe. And the blue lotus, on several of which the deity squats, is a symbol of creation from the primordial ocean, from which the sun first rose, and of birth and rebirth, presumably because that flower rises above the water when it opens each dawn. The bracelet was once inlaid with lapis lazuli.


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  • Date

    • 940BC (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 4.3 centimetres
    • Width: 6 centimetres
    • Depth: 6.3 centimetres
    • Weight: 71 grammes
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        Titles/epithets include : Prince
  • Curator's comments

    In the late Twentieth and the Twenty-first Dynasties, Egypt began to come under the sway of Libyan-Egyptians and Libyans. Sheshonq I, from a line of Libyan chieftains resident in Egypt, became the first king of the Twenty-second Dynasty. One of his sons, the Nimlot who owned these bracelets, was "Commander of the Entire Army;" he also bore the title "King's Son of Ramses," perhaps also a military title in honor of the famous warrior pharaoh Ramses II of the Nineteenth Dynasty.

    Pair with 1850,0817.2.
    Identity of Nimlot: K Jansen-Winkeln, Orientalia 75 (2006), 300-301.

    G. Robins, ‘The Art of Ancient Egypt’ (London, 1997), pp. 199-200, with fig. 240;
    'Egyptian Treasures' [exhibition catalogue] (Shanghai, 1999), 310-311 No 98; 'Egyptian Treasures' [exhibition catalogue] (Bowers Museum, 2000), 244-245;
    'Temples and Tombs' [exhibition catalogue] (American Federation of Arts, 2006), 85, cat no. 46;
    H. W. Müller & E. Thiem, ‘Gold of the Pharaohs’ (Ithaca/New York, 1999),figs. 460-61, p. 224 (EA 14594).
    J.H. Taylor & D. Antoine, Ancient lives, new discoveries, London 2014, p. 131.


  • Bibliography

    • Russmann 2001 116 bibliographic details
    • Andrews 1990 136 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2006 7 Sept-26 Nov, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs 2006 21 Dec-2007 18 Mar, Jackonsville, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Temples & Tombs 2007 15 Apr-8 Jul, Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs 2007 16 Nov-2008 10 Feb, New Mexico, Albuquerque Museum, Temples & Tombs 2014-15 15 Sept-4 Jan, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Assyria to Iberia
    2016-2017 10 Oct-30 Apr, Sydney, Powerhouse Museum, Ancient Lives
    2017 16 Jun-18 Oct, Hong Kong Science Museum, Ancient Lives

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • BS.2903b (Birch Slip Number)
COMPASS Title: Bracelets of Nimlot


COMPASS Title: Bracelets of Nimlot

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