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Ring of Hatnefer

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18, early
reign of Thutmose II–Early Joint reign
ca. 1492–1473 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Hatnefer and Ramose (below TT 71), Mummy of Hatnefer, middle finger left hand, MMA excavations, 1935–36
Silver, glazed steatite
Ring: H. 2.3 cm (7/8 in.); W. 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)
Cowroid: L. 1.7 cm (11/16 in.); wW 1.2 cm (1/2 in.); H. 0.7 cm (1/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
This ring was found on the middle finger of Hatnefer's left hand. It has been set with an amulet shaped like a cowrie shell and inscribed on the base with a geometric pattern vaguely resembling a lizard. The rings and small scarabs found on Hatnefer's mummy (36.3.3,–.6) were personal jewelry, not part of her funerary equipment.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

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