Cowroid Amulet in Gold Ring
Because the cowrie shell resembles female genitalia, the Egyptians believed it could magically ensure procreative powers. Wealthy Egyptians frequently wore cowroids mounted in gold rings. The design on the bottom of this cowroid is carved in a style frequently found on Hyksos scarabs.
- Medium: Steatite, glazed and gold
- Place Collected: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1630-1539 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late XIII Dynasty-XVII Dynasty
- Period: Second Intermediate Period
- Dimensions: 9/16 x 15/16 in. (1.5 x 2.4 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 08.480.199
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Cowroid Amulet in Gold Ring, ca. 1630-1539 B.C.E. Steatite, glazed and gold, 9/16 x 15/16 in. (1.5 x 2.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 08.480.199. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (78%)