Treasure of Psusennes


    Now that the sarcophagus of Pharaoh Psusennes found on the site of the ancient Tanis (NATUBE, February 24, p. 300; March 9, p. 382) has been emptied of its mummy and associated jewellery, it has been possible to form a more just estimate of the magnitude of the find. It is regarded as one of the richest discoveries ever made after that of the tomb of Tutankhamen (The Times,March 7). In this collection of remarkably beautiful jewellery, some of the necklaces, as described, are outstanding. One, for example, is composed of two heavy bars of gold supporting a centre-piece in the form of a golden lotus, which is so heavy, it is said, as to emit a gong-like note when the necklace is shaken. Another necklace consists of several huge pieces of lapis lazuli with gold clasps, on which there is an inscription saying that the King had had made for him a necklace which never would be equalled. This necklace scales the remarkable weight of 12 lb. Among other objects of jewellery in the find are mentioned further necklaces, two bracelets, golden slippers with a golden case, pins and studs. All the antiquities found, with the exception of the granite sarcophagus, are being transferred to the Cairo Museum, where they will be placed on exhibition forthwith.

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    Treasure of Psusennes. Nature 145, 418 (1940).

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