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Openwork Ring

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

This fine ring is adorned with two images of a djed-pillar, a symbol of the god Osiris, flanked by protective goddesses in the form of winged cobras. Elaborate faience rings, some associated with religious and royal festivals, were most common during the New Kingdom but were also made during the Third Intermediate Period.

MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1070–718 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 21 to Dynasty 22 (probably)
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 1 x 1 in. (2.6 x 2.6 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Openwork, cylindrical, blue-green faience ring. Central, oblong panel with rhyt bird facing right, on each side of which is separate panel with single ded column surmounted by Atef crown. Closing the design are two separate panels each with rhyt bird, facing. Narrow openwork border at top and base of ring. Very fine quality. Condition: Intact. Ring misshapen in firing. Form of upper edge roughly oval.
    CAPTION Openwork Ring, ca. 1070–718 B.C.E. Faience, 1 x 1 in. (2.6 x 2.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 48.203. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.48.203_wwg8.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.48.203_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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