Hair rings were used to adorn wigs and Egyptian hair, with the varied hairstyles employed as a means to distinguish between social classes. Wig-making was a formal profession in Ancient Egypt, though there is also evidence of anti-baldness remedies, and the use of henna to remove grey hair. These hair rings were usually made of ivory or jasper.
Egyptian New Kingdom Hair Ring Pair
A matched pair of carved D-section hair rings in jasper, one with a few bituminous concretions to one side.
Period: New Kingdom
Provenance: From an early 20th century collection.
Condition: Very fine condition; complete and intact.