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Signet Ring Bearing the Name of Amunhotep II

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The enemies of Ma'at took many forms, but none was more immediate or threatening than hostile foreigners. From earliest times, Egyptian artisans made images of the king smiting enemies with his mace or war club in a symbolic pose of triumph. These representations ranged in size from huge reliefs on temple walls to tiny figures on finger rings.

Rings such as this example served as effective amulets, ensuring the wearer of victory over obstacles that threatened the order of his or her life or afterlife.

MEDIUM Silver
  • Place Made: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES 1450-1425 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS Central design: width 1/2 x length 1/2 in. (1.3 x 1.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.726E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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