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Hair rings

hairringsThese four hair rings are made of bone and ivory. 

Such objects are sometimes considered as earrings. However, examples such as these have too narrow a cleft for this to slip onto the ear and are more clearly understood as either hair rings or token jewellery for the deceased, not intended for wearing.  

For parallels see: Brovarski et al. 1982, 228–229; Schoske 1990, no. 84; Lacovara et al. 2001, 113-114.

Other hair rings in the Egypt Centre



Brovarski, E. Doll, S.K. and Freed, R. E. 1982. Egypt‘s Golden Age. The Art of Living in the New Kingdom. 1558-1085 BC. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts Boston.  

Lacovara, P. Trope, B. T. and D’Auria, B. 2001. The Collector’s Eye. Masterpieces of Egyptian Art from the Thalassic Collection, Ltd. Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum. 

Schoske, S. 1990. Schönheit Abglanz Der Göttlichkeit. Kosmetik im Alten Ägypten. München: Lipp Verlag.