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Ring Bezel

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Description A scarab made of turquoise-colored glazed steatite, perforated longitudinally, and probably once mounted as a ring. The elaborate gold frame around the bottom was made of thick sheet gold to which two strands of twisted gold wire flanking notched gold wire were added. The free movement of the interlocking scroll pattern carved into the base of the scarab witness the influence of Cretan art on Egypt of the period. The authenticity of this piece is questioned.
Date Description Narrative
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Objects of Adornment: Five Thousand Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1984-1987.
  • Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery and the Zucker Family Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1913, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1913

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ca. 1850-1648 BCE or modern (Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12-13 or modern)
steatite with blue glaze, gold
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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H: 7/16 x W: 11/16 x L: 15/16 in. (1.1 x 1.8 x 2.4 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
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