Egyptian Faience Cartouche of Nefertiti
An ancient Egyptian blue faience double cartouche pendant of Queen Nefertiti, bearing the name Neferneferutaten rendered in each cartouche.
18th Dynasty, ca. 1370-1330 BC.
Queen Nefertiti was the wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and the mother-in-law of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. The name Nefertiti, (Nfr-nfr.w-jtn), means in part, "Beautiful is the Beauty of Aten." The cartouche of the queen is shown most commonly together with the cartouches of the pharaoh Akhenaten. However, her name sometimes appears in duplicate as in a mold found at Tell el-Amarna, and now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA 21.9.188).
Cf. a mold for a double cartouche of Queen Nefertiti: MMA 21.9.188.
Formerly in a Connecticut private collection, acquired in the 1960's.