Ring with Protective Inscription
Late Period rings often bore texts invoking divine protection for their owners, both living and dead. This ring's inscription calls for "the goddess" of Heliopolis to protect Nakhthorheb, a priest of that city. Traces of sheet copper in the hieroglyphs reveal that they were overlaid with that reddish metal to enhance their visibility and appearance.
- Medium: Gold with copper overlays
- Possible Place Collected: Heliopolis, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 664-342 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXVI Dynasty-XXX Dynasty
- Period: Late Period
- Dimensions: 13/16 in. (2.1 cm) Bezel: 3/8 x 5/8 in. (1 x 1.6 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 58.96
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Ring with Protective Inscription, ca. 664-342 B.C.E. Gold with copper overlays, 13/16 in. (2.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 58.96. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Gold ring. Bezel in form of base of a scarab; flat; wide shank. finely incised inscription on bezel not entirely understood but apparently recording the priestly titles of one Nakht-hor-heb. Inscription overlaid with sheet of gold with high alloy of copper. Condition: Intact.
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)