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W1155 


 

  W1155

This is a fragment of a ring bezel which comes from Amarna. It was donated to the Egypt Centre by the British Museum . It shows a gazelle. Gazelles could represent regeneration because of their ability to live in the arid desert they were also considered nurturing animals. They were also symbols of various gods and goddesses such as Anukis, Hathor and Seth, though there is a tendency for them to be associated with the feminine aspects of divinity, and with the solar.  

Gazelle ring bezels were common in Amarna (Stevens 2006, 57-59).  

A PhD thesis by Åsa Strandberg on the significance of the gazelle in ancient Egypt can be accessed from:

 

http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:232265

Another gazelle ring bezelle in the Egypt Centre 

 

References

Stevens, A. 2006. Private Religion at Amarna. The Material Evidence. BAR International Series 1587. Oxford: Archaeopress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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