9 December 2004
A COLLECTION OF EGYPTIAN PENANULAR RINGS
NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII-XX, 1550-1070 B.C.
In carnelian, red jasper and calcified jasper, each consisting of a single hoop into which a narrow cleft has been cut
Largest: 15/16 in. (2.3 cm.) diameter (33)
with France Lucas, Paris, 1981.
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Although these rings have traditionally been thought to be earrings, some have interpreted them as hair ornaments. For similar examples see nos. 290-292 in Brovarski, et al., Egypt's Golden Age.
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