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Signet Ring Bearing the Name of Amunhotep II

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Personal Arts

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
  • Place Made: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1426-1400 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS Height 13/16 x Width of bezel 1/2 x Length of bezel 9/16 in. (2 x 1.2 x 1.5 cm) 8.068 grams  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.725E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Signet Ring Bearing the Name of Amunhotep II, ca. 1426-1400 B.C.E. Gold, Height 13/16 x Width of bezel 1/2 x Length of bezel 9/16 in. (2 x 1.2 x 1.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.725E. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.37.725E_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One gold ring with flat bezel surrounded by raised band. Plain loop, soldered on. Inscribed.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (82%)
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