About this object

Modern gold finger ring with an oval shaped swivelling bezel containing an ancient steatite stone scarab, inscribed 'Sw sA ra' (Shu the Son of Ra) in hieroglyphs. This is a royal motto that would provide the wearer with protection. The scarab is more than likely genuine, but the ring and setting are modern and made for Sir Rider Haggard to wear, like other such rings he owned in Liverpool's and Norwich Castle Museum's collections.

For the inscription see an example formerly in the Amherst collection published by Percy Newberry in 'Scarabs' (London, 1906 ) p. 191 [9], pl. XLI [9].

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1186 BC - 715 BC (Dynasty 20 - 22) about
  • Materials
    Gold; Steatite
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Henry Rider Haggard
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1925 before
  • Measurements
    6 mm x 22 mm x 24 mm
  • Related people
    Henry Rider Haggard ( Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)

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

    Andrea Davies; Dirk van der Plas (ed)

    Author: Andrea Davies; Dirk van der Plas (ed)
    Publisher: Utrecht University
    Date: 2001
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Previous owners

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