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Ring Bezel

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Description This flat silver bezel with under surface carved to fit the finger, belonged to a type of ring of the 26th Dynasty in which the bezel perched above the separately cast hoop. The deeply set hieroglyphs which decorate the bezel appear to have been gouged into the surface with some chased detail. The piece shows signs of much wear. When bought it had a plug of some iron compound under the bezel. This probably represents the efforts of a village tinker of the 19th century to reattach the hoop. Two unfinished rings of the type in the old Abbott collection (now in the Brooklyn Museum) had been repaired in this fashion. Under the plug on the Walters ring was a lightly scratched sign. The hieroglyphs on the bezel read "servant of Bastet, Djehuty-sotem-nis" (Thoth hears the caller).
Date Description Narrative
5/05/1977Examinationexamined for condition
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [said to be from the pyramids]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1909, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] Priest of Bastet Djehuti-sedjem-nis ("Thoth hears the caller").
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1909

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7th-6th century BC (Early Late Period)
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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Bezel H: 13/16 x W: 7/16 x D: 1/8 in. (2 x 1.15 x 0.3 cm); Inner Diam: 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); Outer Diam: 1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
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