Necklace from Psusennes I’s tomb

By Jacqueline Engel

Tanis Treasures

Royal riches discovered during World War II rival those of Tutankhamun, but remain virtually unknown.

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, an entire complex of royal tombs was found intact at Tanis, yielding four gold masks, solid silver coffins, and spectacular jewelry, some even once worn by a pharaoh mentioned in the Bible. The treasures are one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.

The Twenty-first Dynasty of Egypt is usually classified as the first Dynasty of the Ancient Egyptian Third Intermediate Period, lasting from 1069 BC to 945 BC.

Necklace from Psusennes I’s tomb with beads of lapis-lazuli.

Egyptian Museum Caïro

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