Blue band ring with openwork design
Roman Imperial Period
30 B.C.–A.D 364
Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Pyramid Temple, room J1
Width x diameter: 1.8 x 2.5 cm (11/16 x 1 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Faience ring, pierced ornament, lotus bud and seated falcon-headed solar deity. deep blue.
The New Kingdom (1570-1070 B.C.) saw a great flowering of the jeweler’s art as improvements in the manufacture of faience (a quartz bodied ceramic) combined with the invention of glass-making to produce a dazzling variety of ornaments in new forms and colors.
From Giza, GMT room J1 (=pillared hall 27), south of pillar 3. 1907: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date, March 2, 1911)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition