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Ring Inscribed for Amunhotep II

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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The reigns of Hatshepsut through Thutmose IV represent a transitional phase in Eighteenth Dynasty art.


At first, artists continued to favor simple, elegant forms common earlier in the dynasty, but eventually they developed elaborate, highly detailed designs that dominated the dynasty’s final decades. Under Amunhotep II and Thutmose IV, for example, craftsmen increased the use of a soft, pastel blue pigment that had been invented during the reign of Thutmose III. Potters also molded vessels in human and animal form, and artisans rediscovered the Middle Kingdom fascination for colorful stones such as red carnelian.

Art historians consider the scarabs (beetleshaped amulets) of this era among the finest ever made. Figure Vase of Woman Holding Dog
MEDIUM Gold
  • Reportedly From: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1426-1400 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 13/16 × 1/2 × 9/16 × 5/8 in., 0.3 lb. (2 × 1.2 × 1.5 × 1.6 cm, 0.13kg)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.725E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Gold ring with flat rings bezel and plain loop. Inscribed. Condition: Perfect. Raised lip of bezel undamaged. Soldering of loop intact.
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