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    Sale 2057

    Ancient Jewelry

    9 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 230

    AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE FINGER RING

    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII, REIGN OF AMENHOTEP III, 1391-1353 B.C.

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    AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE FINGER RING
    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII, REIGN OF AMENHOTEP III, 1391-1353 B.C.
    Cobalt blue in color, stirrup-shaped, the bezel molded in sunk relief with a cartouche containing Nebmaatre, the prenomen of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, and the additional hieroglyphic inscription, reading: "Beloved of Amun"
    5/8 in. (1.6 cm.) wide


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    Many faience objects from the reign of Amenhotep III illustrate his preference for cobalt blue. See for example the bookplate of white faience inlaid with cobalt blue and the vessel fragment of similar polychrome faience, nos. 24 and 25 in Friedman, Gifts of the Nile, Ancient Egyptian Faience.

    Provenance

    Paris Art Market, late 1970s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION