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Ring with Tutankhamun’s Throne Name

Date 1336–1327 B.C.
Object type jewellery
Medium, technique Egyptian faience
Dimensions

height x width x diameter: 2 x 1.1 x 1.6 cm

Inventory number 51.2501
Collection Egyptian Art
On view This artwork can be displayed at the permanent exhibition

The oval bezel of this faience ring shows a line of slightly blurred sunken hieroglyphs running from right to left. The first group of signs is an epithet preceding the name of the king which means “the perfect god” and which is followed by the throne name of Tutankhamun (Nebkheperure). The faience ring type appeared as a result of technical innovations introduced in the New Kingdom. Its formal precedent was the solid metal signet ring with an oval bezel, however, the two types have different uses: the fragile faience rings were not suitable for stamping thus they might have been used mainly as an apotropaic (protective) amulet. The ruler’s name on the ring bestowed its owner with the protection of the sacral power of the prevailing pharaoh. Faience rings first became popular under Amenhotep III and reached their peak soon afterwards in the Amarna Period. This ring type with the throne name of Tutankhamun has been found in greater numbers than those with his birth name and were discovered in Tell el-Amarna, as well as near Memphis and in the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings.

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