Signet Ring Bearing the Name of Amunhotep II
The enemies of Ma'at took many forms, but none was more immediate or threatening than hostile foreigners. From earliest times, Egyptian artisans made images of the king smiting enemies with his mace or war club in a symbolic pose of triumph. These representations ranged in size from huge reliefs on temple walls to tiny figures on finger rings.
Rings such as this example served as effective amulets, ensuring the wearer of victory over obstacles that threatened the order of his or her life or afterlife.
- Medium: Silver
- Place Made: Saqqara, Egypt
- Dates: 1450-1425 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: Central design: width 1/2 x length 1/2 in. (1.3 x 1.3 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 37.726E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Signet Ring Bearing the Name of Amunhotep II, 1450-1425 B.C.E. Silver, Central design: width 1/2 x length 1/2 in. (1.3 x 1.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.726E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (80%)