Ring with Uninscribed Scarab

Middle Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 109

Gold wires are drawn through the perforation hole of a turquoise scarab, and wound about at each end of a gold ring. Swivel rings usually hold seals that could be rotated in the right direction in order to impress clay used to seal an object, much like sealing wax. Though uninscribed and thus never used as sealing device, this small turquoise scarab is set in such a finger ring; it was worn as a protective amulet or a piece of jewelry.

Ring with Uninscribed Scarab, Turquoise

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