Hair ring

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Body adornment case
Object Type
Clothing, Wig, Wig ornament
New Kingdom
Eighteenth Dynasty
Stone/minerals (Jasper)
Egypt, Riqqeh
Number of Elements
Diameter: 16mm | Thickness: 6mm

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Hair ring of red jasper. Such objects are sometimes considered as earrings. However, examples such as these have too narrow a cleft for this to slip onto the ear and are more clearly understood as either hair rings or token jewellery for the deceased not intended for wearing. Excavated by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt at Riqqeh in 1912–1913. The object was gifted to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth by John Bancroft Willans, a subscriber of the British School of Archaeology in Egypt, and was subsequently gifted to the Egypt Centre in 1997.


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Previous Owners
British School of Archaeology in Egypt | University of Wales, Aberystwyth | John Bancroft Willans (1881–1957)
Excavation Details

Excavated by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt at Riqqeh in 1912–1913.

Gift, The University of Wales, Aberystwyth (24 Mar 1997)

Last modified: 23 Mar 2022

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