Ring with an Isiac crown

Greek
Late Hellenistic Period
150–50 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Egypt (probably)

Dimensions

Length of bezel: 2.7 cm.

Accession Number

98.802

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

Bezel in form of a Isiac crown, in various parts of which pastes or gems were inserted. Of these only one fragment is left. The crown is made up of a sun-disc topped by two “feathers” with beaded edges, long cow’s horns. A smaller disc tops the feathers, and wire spirals connect the tips of the horns to the feathers. The crown is set on a small cylinder from which spirals emerge. The (missing) inlays at the side have the form of a papyrus head.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund