Cuff Bracelets Decorated with Cats

The cats on this bracelet resemble parts of imperial jewellery from the start of Dynasty 18. The animal was devoted to Bastet, the goddess who embodied the fierceness of a lioness and was the benign counterpart of Sakhmet.


Object Details

Cuff Bracelets Decorated with Cats

New Kingdom

Dynasty 18, reign of Thutmose III

1479–1425 B.C.

Egypt, Luxor, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb of the Three Foreign Wives of Thutmose III

Gold, carnelian, lapis-lazuli, turquoise glass

L. 16.8 cm (6 5/8 in); W. 5.1 cm (2 in); Th. 2.2 cm (7/8 in); Cat Spacer: D. 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.); W. 2.9 cm ( 1 1/8in.); Barrels L. 0.6-0.9 cm

The Metropolitan Museum of Art