About this object

Gold stirrup-shaped ring. The oval bezel is engraved with a dancing figure holding a tambourine. The figure is evidently the god Bes in purely animal form, instead of in partly human form as is more usual. From one arm hangs a sa(?)-amulet. The surface of the bezel is worn. Height of bezel: 11 mm; width of bezel: 18 mm; internal diam. of hoop: 17 mm; depth (front to back) 22 mm.

The purported findspot of this gold stirrup-shaped ring, the royal tomb of Akhenaten at Amarna, would provide clear evidence of its date. Unfortunately, the early history has been reconstructed from hearsay and, despite some scholars’ acceptance of the story linking the ring to Akhenaten’s intended burial place, such claims cannot be inclusively proven.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date made
    1352 BC - 1336 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Akhenaten) about
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Henry Rider Haggard
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date collected
    1882 about
  • Measurements
    20 mm x 20 mm x 10 mm x 15.23 g
  • Related people
    Henry Rider Haggard ( Collector, previous owner); Andrew Lang ( Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1925
    How acquired: Bequest of H. Rider Haggard
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Sold
  • Henry Rider Haggard

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Collected
    Owned until: 1925
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • Andrew Lang

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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