Cowroid Amulet in Gold Ring
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
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, glazed and gold
ca. 1630-1539 B.C.E.
late XIII Dynasty-XVII Dynasty
Second Intermediate Period
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/13/2008
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