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According to Egyptian mythology, the young sun god was borne up out of the primordial waters of chaos inside a blue lotus flower, which opened to reveal him on the first morning. The artist of this fine pendant characterized the god's tender age with the sidelock of youth. He is seated with...

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Provenance

By 1964, with Spink and Sons, London (said by them to have been acquired from Borchardt and to have come from Abu Gurob), purchased by Horace L. Mayer; 1964, purchased by Horace L. Mayer and lent to the MFA; 1968, given to the MFA by Mrs. Mayer in memory of Horace L. Mayer. (Accession Date: December 27, 1968)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21–24, 1070–712 B.C.

Dimensions

height x width pendant 7.1 x 2.5 cm (2 13/16 x 1 in.). Length chain (doubled) 30 cm (11 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

68.836

Medium or Technique

Gold with glass inlays

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants