Faience finger ring

From Egypt
18th Dynasty, 1500-1300 BC

Colourful symbolism

Until the New Kingdom (1550-1070 BC), faience had almost always been produced in a blue-green colour. This ring, however, is mainly composed of a striking yellow faience, which was probably used as a substitute for the more desirable and expensive gold, while the blue and red faience replaces the semi-precious stones lapis lazuli or turquoise and carnelian.

The colours are also in themselves symbolic, as yellow equates with the flesh of the gods, blue with rebirth and the shimmering of the sun, and red with birth and destruction and with Osiris, the god of the dead.

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More information

Bibliography

F.D. Friedman (ed.), Gifts of the Nile: ancient Egy (London, Thames and Hudson, 1998)

C.A.R. Andrews, Ancient Egyptian jewellery (London, The British Museum Press, 1996)

Dimensions

Diameter: 1.900 cm

Museum number

EA 22594

YCA63108

Location

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