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Finger Ring depicting King Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti as Shu and Tefnut

Period:
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Akhenaten
Date:
ca. 1353–1336 BC
Geography:
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten), Town, Petrie excavations, 1891–92
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
diam. 2.5 cm (1 in); l. of bezel 2.3 cm (7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.767
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
This ring was found at Amarna. The hieroglyphs may be read as an ideogram. The two seated figures are probably Akhenaten (left) and Nefertiti (right) as the deities Shu (air as indicated by the feather he holds) and Tefnut (moisture). They were father and mother of the earth and sky, which are symbolically represented by the earth hieroglyph (below) and by the sun disk flanked by two sacred cobras (above).
Excavated by W.M.F. Petrie 1891-92, who received it in the division of finds. Lord Amherst from Petrie. Purchased by Lord Carnarvon at Amherst Sale lot 879, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London 1921. Carnarvon Collection, purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art from Almina, Countess of Carnarvon, 1926.

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