GOLD RING OF SHESHONQ
26th Dynasty, 6th Century BC
This heavy gold ring of the priestly official, Sheshonq, is a stirrup shaped signet. This type of ring was developed from the rigid-bezel ring of the Middle Kingdom. The lozenge shaped bezel is incised with the name and titles of the owner, which included the office of Chief Steward. The bezel could be pressed into hot wax to seal documents and letters. Besides this functional aspect, the ring was no doubt worn as a mark of Sheshonq’s status and wealth. The name ‘Sheshonq’ is of Libyan origin, belonging to several kings of the Libyan Period, but became popular among Egyptians from that time onwards.
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