Cowrie-Shaped Amulet in Gold Ring
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Because the cowrie shell resembles female genitalia, the Egyptians believed it could magically ensure procreative powers. Wealthy Egyptians frequently wore cowroids mounted in gold rings. The design on the bottom of this cowroid is carved in a style frequently found on Hyksos scarabs.
Steatite, glaze, gold
ca. 1630-1539 B.C.E.
late XIII Dynasty to XVII Dynasty
Second Intermediate Period
9/16 x Diam. 15/16 in. (1.5 x 2.4 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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