An Egyptian brightly coloured red faience hair ring. The faience is a pleasing deep orange-red shade, meant to imitate a more expensive material, such as a the precious stone jasper or carnelian. These hair rings were often thought to be earrings, but it is clear that the opening is far too narrow to place it onto the ear lobe or cartilage, thus it is more likely that they were twisted into the hair, or wigs.
Date: Circa 1470 - 1194 BC Period: New Kingdom Period Condition: Fine condition.
Hair rings were used to adorn wigs and Egyptian hair. The Egyptians wore their hair in many styles, and this helped distinguish social classes. A wig-maker was a professional job in Ancient Egypt, and there is evidence of the use of henna to remove grey hair, and anti-baldness remedies. Finer hair rings were usually made of ivory, jasper and even gold.
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