Queenly Jewelry, Dynasty 18


Broad Collars
Dynasty 18, reign of Thutmose III (ca. 1479-1425 BCE)
Gold, carnelian, glass (originally of turquoise and blue color)
From the tomb of the three minor wives of Thutmose III in the Wady Gabbanat el-Qurud, Thebes
Fletcher Fund,1926 (26.8.59, .70, 70a,.135)

(From info card):
"Broad collars were the most frequently worn pieces of jewelry among the royalty and elite in ancient Egypt. These were certainly gifts from Thutmose III whose names is inscribed on the backs of the falcon-headed terminals and is inlaid on the front of the lotus terminals. The collar at the [bottom] is made of palmettes and nefer heiroglyphs, which mean 'beautiful'".


Finger Rings
Dynasty 18, reign of Thutmose III (ca. 1479-1425 BCE)
Gold, lapis lazuli, glazed steatite
From the tomb of the three minor wives of Thutmose III in the Wady Gabbanat el-Qurud, Thebes
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926 (26.7.759-765)

(From info card):
"The scarabs in these rings are all inscribed with the name of Thutmose III.


(Detail showing Thutmose III's cartouche...)

"They are thus counterparts to the collars and bracelets that also carry the king's name. These items (as most probably all the jewelry) were presumably gifts from the pharoah to these women. These royal gifts, as well as their title 'Royal Wife,' single them out from many other foreign females serving the court and temples of Egypt."


Girdle
Dynasty 18, reign of Thutmose III (ca. 1479-1425 BCE)
Gold
From the tomb of the three minor wives of Thutmose III in the Wady Gabbanat el-Qurud, Thebes
According to the info card "fish were used in the Middle Kingdom as hair adornment"


Hinged bracelets
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Thutmose III, ca. 14791425 B.C.E.
Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III, Wadi D, Tomb 1
Gold, carnelian, turquoise, glass, W. 5.9 cm (2 5/16 in)
Fletcher Fund, 1926
"Three pairs of hinged bracelets (26.8.125.130) are associated with the tomb of three foreign wives of Thutmose III. They are all made of burnished gold inlaid with carnelian and glass that was originally turquoise and dark blue, but has faded. Each is inscribed on the inner surface with the cartouches and epithets of Thutmose III suggesting that they were a gift of the king." (From Museum website)