Ring with Name of Thutmose III



Ring with Name of Thutmose III


ring, jewelry


1479-1077 BC


New Kingdom


Faience, copper alloy
5/8 x 1 in. (1.6 x 2.5 cm)

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This faience and copper ring is one of many such rings made during the New Kingdom, in imitation of the true signet rings made in metal that could function as seals. The faience bezels of these rings seem to have been made in large numbers and it is likely that they were manufactured by the palace to be granted to servants and subjects for faithful service. The ring features impressed images on both sides and the copper setting allowed for the bezel to flip, revealing each of the two images. On one side stands the figure of the king on the hieroglyphic sign nb, meaning "all". He holds a crook in his left hand and a cloth in his right and wears an ureaus on his brow, all symbols of the king's authority. A cartouche sits before the king identifying him as Thutmose III. On the other side of the bezel is a hieroglyphic phrase that reads: "The good god, lord of the two lands, Thuthmose, beloved of Amun Re". The ring emphasizes the supremacy of the king and his relationship to the gods in both word and image and would have perhaps been worn in both life and death by its owner.

Credit Line

Gift of the Michael C. Carlos Museum Board in honor of James B. Miller, Jr.


From Pharaohs to Emperors: New Egyptian and Classical Antiquities at Emory, Michael C. Carlos Museum, January 14 - April 2, 2006|
MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, 2006 - Present
MCCM Newsletter, December 2003 - February 2004.


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“Ring with Name of Thutmose III,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed February 20, 2019, http://carlos.digitalscholarship.emory.edu/items/show/7851.

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