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  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)

  • Date:

    c. 1391 BC - c. 1077 BC (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed composition, moulded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by University College London

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Rings are known in Egypt from the Middle Kingdom (c.2050 BC – c.1800 BC) onwards. The earliest examples take the form of precious stone scarabs attached to loops of wire, usually bearing royal names and titles, or those of royal women. Soon afterwards, ‘private name’ stone scarabs also emerged, bearing the names or professional titles of particular individuals, or other unique identifiers such as a combination of symbols. These were often again made into rings. It is believed that these either acted as seals, or amulets, or even both. From the middle of the New Kingdom (c.1550 BC – c.1070 BC), rings also began to be mass-produced in glazed composition. Unlike scarab rings, these were not designed to identify particular individuals, and typically displayed bezels with stock designs – divine or protective symbols, or the name of the ruling King.

The wedjat eye, or ‘Eye of Horus’, represents the eye of the god Horus, which was believed to have been injured by his uncle Seth and subsequently healed. As such, it symbolised protection and wholeness, and was commonly used as an apotropaic symbol. The markings underneath the eye are based on those of a falcon, the animal associated with Horus and in whose form he was frequently depicted.

Physical description

Blue glazed composition ring with openwork bezel in the form of a wedjat eye, or Eye of Horus.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)


c. 1391 BC - c. 1077 BC (made)



Materials and Techniques

Glazed composition, moulded


Height: 18 mm, Diameter: 20 mm Diameter of band

Descriptive line

Ring, blue glazed composition, Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18 or later


Metalwork Collection

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