Ring bezel



Accession Number
EC3025b
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Amarna case
Object Type
Jewellery, Finger ring, Bezel
Period
New Kingdom
Dynasty
Eighteenth Dynasty
Amenhotep IV/Akhenaten to Tutankhamun
Material
Faience
Provenance
Egypt, Amarna
Measurements
Length: 8mm | Width: 11mm | Depth: 4mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian
Animal
Gazelle

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Description

Light blue-green faience ring bezel fragment showing the head of a gazelle with a plant in front. Gazelles represented their desert habitat which at times represented danger. At other times gazelles were believed to have regenerative powers because of their ability to live in arid areas. They were also connected with the solar, feminine aspects of creation.

Bibliography

Strandberg, Å. 2009. The Gazelle in Ancient Egyptian Art: Image and Meaning. Uppsala: Uppsala University.

Last modified: 10 Aug 2021

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