Jewellery in the Middle Kingdom
(about 2025-1700 BC) and Second Intermediate Period
(2025-1500 BC )
Similar jewellery has been found in Middle Kingdom burials as illustrated below.
|The broad collar is very often shown in two and three dimensional art. It is common in elite burials, but not in tombs of people of lower status.
|Simple necklaces are very often found in tombs but only rarely shown in art.
|Strings of beads and amulets were often worn at the ankles and wrists.
Semi-precious stones (amethyst) are very popular in the Middle Kingdom (about 2025-1700 BC).
The quality of jewellery produced in the Middle Kingdom (about 2025-1700 BC) was not surpassed
in earlier or later times. New techniques for gold working were introduced
such as granulation (most probably from the Near East).
|Gold cylinder from Harageh. The decoration is made in granulation. It is one of the earliest examples of this technique found in Egypt.
|Gold fish amulet from Harageh. A typical object type found in late Middle Kingdom tombs. Similar amulets were represented in art and one is even mentioned in literature (the Egyptian word being nekhkha).
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