Scarab ring of Shoshenq III

Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22, reign of
825–773 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, said to be from Bubastis


Diameter: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and lapis lazuli

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Solid gold ring (round band) with lapis lazuli scarab of Sheshonq III (823-772 B.C.). Scarab held in narrow gold band. Wire running through scarab wrapped round ring several times at either end of ring.


Said to have been found at Bubastis (Tell Basta), Egypt, by Robert Gordon Faudree [see note 1]; 1959, sold by Faudree to Horace L. Mayer (b. 1899 - d. 1968), Williamstown, MA [see note 2]; to his widow, Florence Ellen Mayer, Williamstown; 1971, gift of Mrs. Mayer to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 10, 1973)

[1] According to a letter from Faudree of October 7, 1959. [2] First lent by Horace L. Mayer to the MFA on October 30, 1959 (loan no. 51.59).

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer