Ring with scarab seal - ROM2016_15146_48


Ring with scarab seal

Medium:Glass and sheet gold
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
1.8 cm
Object number: 910.47.2
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

Mounted scarab amulets were the most popular form of ring throughout Egyptian history.  In this case, a fairly simple scarab amulet of blue-green glass is set in a gold rim so that the underside, with an image of the Abydos fetish, can be seen.  The bezel swivels easily.

Scarabs represented renewal and rebirth as well as the sun god.  Such rings were worn by the living and accompanied the dead to the grave.

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