Egyptian New Kingdom Hair Ring Pair

$289.16

A matched pair of carved D-section hair rings in jasper, one with a few bituminous concretions to one side.

Date: Circa 1550-1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom
Provenance: From an early 20th century collection.
Condition: Very fine condition; complete and intact.

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Product Code: AS-2040
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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.

To find out more about the use of jasper in Ancient Egypt please see our relevant blog post: The History and Mythology of Gemstones in Ancient Jewellery.

Weight 3 g
Dimensions W 1.7 cm
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Semi-Precious Stones

Reference: Cf. Lacovara, P. Teasley Trope, B. and D'Auria, S. (eds), The Collector's Eye: Masterpieces of Egyptian Art from the Thalassic Collection, Ltd, Atlanta, 2001, p. 113, No.66, for a similar example.

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