Cowrie-Shaped Amulet in Gold Ring
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
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.
Steatite, glaze, gold
ca. 1630-1539 B.C.E.
late Dynasty 13 to Dynasty 17
Second Intermediate Period
9/16 x Diam. 15/16 in. (1.5 x 2.4 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Cowrie-Shaped Amulet in Gold Ring, ca. 1630-1539 B.C.E. Steatite, glaze, gold, 9/16 x Diam. 15/16 in. (1.5 x 2.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 08.480.199. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.08.480.199_view1_erg2.jpg)
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Steatite cowroid seal, glazed green and mounted on gold ring with swivel. Base of seal inscribed with conventionalized floral design. Ends of ring twisted back on shank.
Condition: Good. Glaze worn.
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