Hair rings

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Body adornment case
Object Type
Clothing, Wig, Wig ornament
New Kingdom
Eighteenth Dynasty
Faience | Stone/minerals (Jasper)
Egypt, Abydos
Number of Elements

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Three hair rings; one of blue faience and two of red jasper. Such objects are sometimes considered as earrings. However, examples such as these have too narrow a cleft for this to slip onto the ear and are more clearly understood as either hair rings or token jewellery for the deceased not intended for wearing. Probably from Abydos. The object was gifted to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth by John Bancroft Willans, a subscriber of the Egypt Exploration Fund/Society, who received the object in 1903, and was subsequently gifted to the Egypt Centre in 1997.


Freed, Rita E. 1982. Egypt's golden age: the art of living in the New Kingdom, 1558–1085 BC. Boston, MA: Museum of Fine Arts. [pp. 228–229] Lacovara, Peter, Betsy Teasley Trope, and Sue H. D'Auria (eds) 2001. The collector's eye: masterpieces of Egyptian Art from The Thalassic Collection, ltd, courtesy: Theodore and Aristea Halkedis. Atlanta: Michel C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. [pp. 113–114] Schoske, Sylvia and Barbara Kreißl 1990. Schönheit - Abglanz der Göttlichkeit: Kosmetik im alten Ägypten. Schriften aus der Ägyptischen Sammlung 5. München: Staatliche Sammlung Ägyptischer Kunst. [nr. 84]

Last modified: 16 Jan 2021

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