Mysterious ancient Egypt is the theme of this wonderfully exotic necklace.
At center is the profile of a person we believe to be a pharaoh, identified by his Nemes, which is the royal striped headcloth, and by his Usekh, which is the broad collar worn around the neck.
However the false beard usually worn by pharaohs - even women - is inexplicably missing, so the figure might also be either a high priest or vizier, who were both very powerful and important.
The ankh hieroglyphic to the pharaoh's right is the symbol of life and was so closely associated with the gods that no ordinary person – only a pharaoh – could carry one.
The leafy object on the left side is presumably a lotus plant, which flourished on the banks of the Nile all year long. Lotus plants that appeared in ancient Egyptian artwork look noticeably different than the kind we usually associate with yoga and Om etc today.
The whole composition is radiantly framed within a majestic pair of wings, most likely a reference to the sun god Ra.
Altogether a striking, fun-to-wear necklace.
- Material: Solid sterling silver
- Finish: Polished, with antique accents
- 1-1/8 inch diameter x 1/8 inch deep (29 x 3mm)
- Chain: 18 inch (45.6cm)
- Item number: wh373