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Gilded lotus earring or pendant of Nefertari

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Lotus earing or pendant of bronze(?) covered with gold foil. Discolored and worn. Belonged to Queen Nefertari, wife of Rameses II.


Said to be from the Valley of the Queens (Thebes), Tomb of Queen Nefertari (QV 66). 1904: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (04.1953-04.1956, 04.1766-04.1769) for £40. (Accession Date: January 1, 1904)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, New Kingdom, late Dynasty 19, 1295–1186 B.C.


Thebes, Egypt


Height x width: 2 x 2.1 cm (13/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze; gold foil


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants