Round Cartouche Pendant, 18" - Museum Shop Collection
Egyptian, ca. 2000 B.C.
From the collection of The Suq, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
This widely used hieroglyphic greeting, or divine words as the ancient Egyptians called their system of writing, may be translated: May you live, be prosperous and healthy. Deemed a matter of courtesy when addressing His Majesty the king or ones friends, it was probably also believed that some magical benefit would accrue to the person addressed or referred to by the phrase.
materials: vermeil pendant, brass chain with gold finish. Spring ring closure
Length: 18 inches
Made in the U.S.A.