Pectoral of Senusret II
Pectoral of Senusret II
Pectoral of Senusret II
Pectoral of Senusret II
Pectoral of Senusret II

Pectoral of Senusret II

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Pectoral of Senusret II from the tomb of Sit-Hathor Yunet, daughter of Senusret II, found at El Lahun. This pectoral is composed around the throne name of King Senwosret II. It was found among the jewelry of Princess Sithathoryunet in a special niche of her underground tomb beside the pyramid of Senwosret II at Lahun. Hieroglyphic signs make up the design, and the whole may be read: "The god of the rising sun grants life and dominion over all that the sun encircles for one million one hundred thousand years (meaning Eternity) to King Khakheperre [Senwosret II]."

The base bar represent the primordial waters. Each of the falcons, symbols of the sun god, clasps a circular hieroglyph meaning "encircled," thus declaring the solar deity's supreme power over the universe. The same hieroglyph, elongated to form a cartouche, encircles the throne name of Senwosret II, Khakheperre. Flanking the king's name are two ankh hieroglyphs, symbolising life, suspended from cobras whose tails are wound around the sun disk on the falcons' heads. These snakes represent Nekhbet and Udjo, the traditional protector goddesses of the king. Supporting the royal cartouche is the kneeling god Heh clutching two palm ribs symbolizing "millions of years." Thus the king's life and existence in time are described as part of a universe created and sustained by the supreme sun god.


I handcut these layers of solid 14ct gold and sterling silver to create this design. I cut them by hand using a tiny sawblade (no lasers!), and riveted them together with sterling silver rivets. I set a beautiful red ruby in the centre of the sun disk between the scarab's front legs. The scarab shell is made of 14ct gold.

This pendant is 4cm in length and 6.5cm across, and is hung on a 45cm sterling silver chain.

Your purchase will come carefully packaged in a gift box complete with wax seal.