Victorian 15kt Painted Egyptian Nekhbet Queen Earrings
During the 19th century, the discoveries of ancient archaeological finds influenced what is referred to as "archaeological revival jewelry," or "Egyptian revival jewelry." The initial Egyptian Revival period flourished from the 1820s onward, and was inspired by ancient Egyptian imagery, such as the scarab beetle, sphinxes, pharaohs, and hieroglyphics.
A magnificent pair of Egyptian Revival earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These incredibly artistic earrings are crafted in 15kt yellow gold (indicating English origin) and have a dramatic goddess motif. At the center is the carefully hand-painted image of an Egyptian queen wearing an elaborate royal headdress. In ancient Egyptian culture, headdresses were highly symbolic and were only worn by kings, royal women, and gods. This particular crown is the oldest and most common worn by women. It references the vulture goddess Nekhbet, who was the protector of Egypt and the Pharaoh. The fine hand-painted detail is simply exquisite, including a spectacular Nekhbet vulture crown with long, angled wings that fan at the sides of the neck, decorated with a striped motif. A decorative neckline and lovely facial features complete the painted design. The vibrant colors of the painted image stand out dramatically against the dark, matte background!
A fine gold bezel and delicate beadwork border hold the painted portrait in place. Dangling freely from the base are three elongated links, each with a gold ball at the base and a tiny gold bead in the center. The earrings hang from gold ball surmounts with simple earring wires at the top. When worn, they make an impressive statement! These earrings are an extraordinary example of fine jewelry from the Egyptian Revival era. Perfect for a collector or lover of the Egyptian Revival style, they would make an outstanding addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang 2 3/4" long from the top of the wires to the bottom of the dangling links. The painted images inside their bezel frames measure 1/2" wide and 1" tall.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or painted images. The hanging links and wire surmounts are secure and intact.