About this object

Gold finger ring with a solid-cast rectangular swivelling bezel. On one face it is inscribed with the throne name of Amenhotep II and epithets: “the perfect god, son of Amun, mighty lord” [nTr nfr sA imn nb xpS]. On the verso: “the one who fights against hundred thousands, son of Ra, Amenhotep, divine ruler of Heliopolis” [aHA Hfnw sA ra imn-hTp nTr HqA iwnw]. There is a hand-copy of the inscription made by Professor Percy Newberry on the record card.

Jospeh Mayer purchased the ring from Joseph Sams who had acquired it for £51.9.0 from the 1835 auction sale of the Henry Salt Collection, and is mentioned by the contributor to the 'Gentleman's Magazine' for April 1833.

The ring was likely to have been given as a gift to one of Amenhotep's officials and can be compared with The Ashburnham Ring in the British Museum (EA71492) inscribed with prenomen of Thutmose III. This This ring formed part of the burial assemblage of Djehuty, whose tomb was discovered in the 1820s at Saqqara.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1427 BC - 1400 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Amenhotep II) about
  • Materials
    Gold
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1835 before
  • Measurements
    33 mm x 30 mm x 6 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner); Henry Salt (Collector, previous owner); Joseph Sams (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • Catalogue of the Egypt Exploration Society's Exhibition of the Results of the Recent Excavations at Amarna and Armant and of a Loan Exhibition of Egyptian Jewellery. Wellcome Historical Medical Museum 8th September to 3rd October 1931

    Egypt Exploration Society

    Author: Egypt Exploration Society
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1931
    Description: 66 page catalogue of an exhibition held at Wellcome Historical Medical Museum 8th September to 3rd October 1931. No illustrations.

  • Catalogue of the Egyptian Museum, No. VII, Colquitt Street, Liverpool

    Mayer, Joseph

    Author: Mayer, Joseph
    Publisher: Joseph Mayer
    Date: 1852
    Description: Joseph Mayer published a catalogue of his collection in 1852, whilst it was at his Egyptian Museum in Colquitt Street. This is before he donated his collection to the Liverpool Free Public Museums in 1867 so his entries do not include the accession numbers that the objects now bear.

  • Catalogue of the Mayer Collection Part 1. The Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities. Second and Revised Edition.

    Gatty, Charles

    Author: Gatty, Charles
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1879
    Description: Catalogue of most of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian and Near Eastern collection that was on display. It also includes a small number of other collections, such as those given by Mr William Crosfield in 1861, some by Mr Charles Stoess in 1869, and others by Mr J. A. Tinne in 1870. Occasionally reference will be made to the provenance of objects, in particular if they are from the Jospeh Sams or Lord Valentia (ex Henry Salt) collections. There are illustrations of some objects, in particular the amulets, by Mr Ll. Jewitt, FSA. Compared to Mayer's 1852 cataloue there are more detailed descriptions for inscribed objects such as stelae, giving names and titles and the character of the text, provided by Samuel Birch of the British Museum who visited the collections in March 1877.

  • Egyptian Treasures in Europe volume 4: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool

    Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)

    Author: Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)
    Publisher: Utrecht University
    Date: 2001
    Description: CD ROM with 1500 objects from World Museum's Egyptian collection, including some destroyed in World War Two. This is now available online: http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/default.aspx

  • Finger-Ring Lore: Historical, Legendary and Anecdotal

    Jones, William

    Author: Jones, William
    Publisher: Chatto and Windus
    Date: 1898
    Description: Available online: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=WA2aCdSHP_gC&q=liverpool#v=snippet&q=liverpool&f=false

  • Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in Liverpool Museum

    Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela

    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela
    Publisher: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
    Date: 1995
    Description: A 130 page illustrated book that focuses on the Egyptian antiquities in World Museum's collections to provide a colourful introduction to the land and its culture in the Pharaonic period. An appendix explains the history of the collection and includes information about the Lady Lever Art Gallery Egyptian collection, which is also part of National Museums Liverpool.

  • Scarabs

    Newberry, Percy E.

    Author: Newberry, Percy E.
    Publisher: Archibald Constable and Co. Ltd.
    Date: 1906
    Description: An introduction to the study of Egyptian seals and signet rings with 44 plates and 116 illustrations in the text.

  • 'The "Ceremonial Garments" of Tuthmosis IV Reconsidered' in Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 19

    Janssen, Rosalind M.

    Author: Janssen, Rosalind M.
    Publisher: Helmut Buske Verlag
    Date: 1992
    Description: 8 page article that makes a reference to the inscription on gold finger ring M11437.

  • 'The Egyptian Collection', in Margaret Gibson and Susan Wright (eds). Joseph Mayer of Liverpool 1803-1886

    Shore, A. F.

    Author: Shore, A. F.
    Publisher: Society of Antiquaries in association with National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
    Date: 1988
    Description: Description of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian collection written by A. F. Shore who was Brunner Professor of Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. Unfortunately there are a few errors in the description of objects.

Events

  • Egypt Exploration Society Annual Exhibition, 1931

    Start date: 1931-09-08
    End date: 1931-09-08
    Description: Egypt Exploration Society's annual exhibition held at the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, London. The director of the Egypt Exploration Society, Sir Robert Mond, wrote to the museum on 26 May 1931 asking if Liverpool Museum could loan a selection of jewellery for a representative loan exhbition of 'Egyptian jewellery and beads' in conjunction with its annual exhibition of antquities from recent excavations (Amarna and Armant). The event was scheduled to close on 3 October but was extended to 31 October because of demand. In the 'Notes and News' section of the 'Journal of Egyptian Archaeology', vol. 17 parts III and IV (November 1931) page 254, it records that the "attaractive presentation of the loan-exhibits the society has chiefly to thank Mr Guy Brunton, who generously undertook the laborious task of arrangement and description". The event was reported in the 'Notes and News' section of the 'Journal of Egyptian Archaeology', vol. 18 parts I and II (May 1932) page 109, recording that over 6000 visitors attended.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Joseph Sams

    Owned from: 1835
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Henry Salt

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1835
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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