Antique Egyptian Revival Necklace

Antique Egyptian Revival Necklace, Circa 1866.

A highly unusual Masonic tour necklace with imagery evoking the cult of Isis, comprised of swag chain and six green enamel asp pendants (the symbol of the deity Isis), two fish pendants (Hatmehit, goddess of life and protection was depicted as a fish) and interspersed with beige and turquoise faience scarab spacers and diamond-shaped lozenges detailing places visited along with their dates; (Nazareth April 5 - Jerusalem March 20 - Cairo February 6 - Constantinople May 5 - Philae March 5- Pesth May 19 - Balbek April 18 - Damascus April 12 - Thebes February 27), and terminating in an engraved Ankh stating "Antwerp 26 January 23 May", in 18k. The necklace centers on a detachable brooch designed as djed pillar, (the spine of Osiris) with two pendants depicting the Udjat Eye or The Eye of Ra - a famous ancient Egyptian symbol amulet capable of repelling all negative energy and creating total harmony. This version of the pendant is dated 1866, the presumed date of travel and is engraved with the owner's name, Eugene de Decker. The brooch is surmounted by the head of Apis, the bull god, set with ruby eyes. Apis is depicted throughout Egypes history as a striding bull, usually with a solar disc and uraeus (the sacred serpent which symbolized the king's power) between its horns. Eugene Jean Marie Joseph De Decker (B. Antwerp,February 19, 1837 — February 22, 1906) was a Belgian politician and shipmaker.

Measurements: 20.8" long

Metal type: 18k yellow gold