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Solid gold signet-ring. The bezel bears a representation of a squatting child-king, wearing a pleated garment, bag-wig and adorned with a uraeus. The king sits above the hieroglyphic signs for "Lord of the Two Lands", a standard royal epithet. He holds a large feather, symbol of Maat, with a long Shu-feather behind him and an ankh-sign before him. Above him is a sun-disc, flanked by two cobras.
The slouching form of this figure, with wide hips, suggests the style of Akhenaten, who maybe the king represented here.
Height: 2.50 centimetres
Length: 1.50 centimetres
Depth: 3 centimetres
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- Curator's comments
- The image of the king as a child emphasized his role in the cycle of regeneration and rebirth as the son of the gods. This symbolism was especially prominent at the end of the Eighteenth Dynasty, under Amenhotep III, Akhenaten, and Tutankhamun.
R. E Freed, Y. J. Markowitz and S. H. D'Auria (eds.), 'Pharaohs of the Sun: Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamun' [exhibition catalogue] (Boston, New York/London, 1999), p. 260  = R. Freed, 'Farao's van de Zon' (Leiden, 2000), p. 260 ;
'Temples and Tombs' [exhibition catalogue] (American Federation of Arts, 2006): 85, cat no. 44;
Russmann, Eternal Egypt (exhibition catalogue, USA, 2001): 176 
C. Aldred, ‘Jewels of the Pharaohs’ (London, 1971), p. 211, pl. 70;
I. E. S. Edwards, ‘Treasurers of Tutankhamun’ (New York, 1976), no. 19.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1999 14 Nov-2000 6 Feb, USA, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Pharaohs of the Sun: Akhenaten Nefertiti Tutakhamen
2011 Jul–Sept, Newcastle, Great North Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Oct–Jan, Dorchester, Dorset County Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Feb–June, Leeds City Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Jul-Oct, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2012 Nov– Feb 2013, Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2013 Mar–Aug, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2016 8 Mar-12 Jun, Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2018 7 Jun-16 Sep, Barcelona, La Caixa, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2018-2019 16 Oct-20 Jan, Madrid, La Caixa, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2019 19 Feb-25 Aug, Girona, La Caixa, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
2019-2020 24 Sept-12 Jan, Seville, La Caixa, Pharaoh: King of Egypt
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- Egypt and Sudan
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