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Signet Ring Bearing Cartouche of Tutankhamun

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Rings

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.
MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Made: Thebes
  • DATES ca. 1329-1322 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 13/16 x 1/2 x 3/4 in. (2 x 1.2 x 1.9 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.889E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.37.889E_NegGRPA_cropped_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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