Hair ring



Accession Number
AB26b
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Body adornment case
Object Type
Clothing, Wig, Wig ornament
Period
New Kingdom
Dynasty
Eighteenth Dynasty
Material
Faience
Provenance
Egypt, Abydos
Measurements
Diameter: 15mm | Thickness: 5mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian

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Description

Hair ring of blue faience. 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. Probably from Abydos. The object was gifted to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth by John Bancroft Willans, a subscriber of the Egypt Exploration Fund/Society, who received the object in 1903, and was subsequently gifted to the Egypt Centre in 1997.

Bibliography

Freed, Rita E. 1982. Egypt's golden age: the art of living in the New Kingdom, 1558–1085 BC. Boston, MA: Museum of Fine Arts. [pp. 228–229]