Signet Ring Bearing Cartouche of Tutankhamun
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
The earliest Egyptian rings were purely decorative, but later rings came to carry significance.
By the Eighteenth Dynasty of the New Kingdom, they were frequently inscribed with the name of a god, a king, or the owner. The most popular type was made of faience and bore the name of the reigning monarch. Archaeologists have discovered thousands of these simple, mold-made rings; they were probably distributed as mementos at religious or state celebrations. Other rings feature protective symbols, including the wedjat-eye. Wealthy members of Eighteenth Dynasty society often wore rings made of inlaid glass or semiprecious stones.
ca. 1329-1322 B.C.E.
13/16 x 1/2 x 3/4 in. (2 x 1.2 x 1.9 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Signet Ring Bearing Cartouche of Tutankhamun, ca. 1329-1322 B.C.E. Faience, 13/16 x 1/2 x 3/4 in. (2 x 1.2 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.889E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.889E_NegGRPA_cropped_bw.jpg)
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Bright blue glazed faience signet ring inscribed for Tutankhamun. The bezel is oval-shaped and made separately in an open mold. The glaze does not cover a large part of the center of the underside of the bezel.
Condition: Dark incrustation – especially in the hieroglyphs; otherwise good.
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