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A Faience Ring Bezel for Tutankhamun, King of Egypt, 18th Dynasty ca. 1336-1327 BC

a fine ring bezel of dark blue-glazed faience with incised text that reads:  " the good god, neb-kheperure (throne name for Tutankhamun), who fashions the gods" ie: makes new statues of the gods, referring to the king's restoration of the old religion.

Tutankhamun was born 'Tutankhaten' during the Amarna period, probably at the capital, Akhetaten (Tell el-Amarna). The identity of his parents is disputed but they were perhaps Akhenaten and his lesser wife Kiya; the boy was a royal prince and ascended the throne at the age of about eight years. Tutankhamun married Ankhesenpaaten, daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti and ruled from Memphis with the advice of officials such as the vizier Ay and the general Horemheb, both of whom succeeded him as king. Analysis of Tutankhamun's mummy suggests that he was around seventeen years old when he died, but the cause of his death is a mystery. When the young king died unexpectedly he was buried in the Valley of the Kings in what was probably intended as a non-royal tomb. This tiny tomb was discovered almost intact by Howard Carter in 1922.

Condition:  loss of ring shank, the bezel intact and in excellent condition overall.

Dimensions:  Height: 2.22 cm (7/8 inch) 

Provenance:   Phillip Mitry private collection, acquired prior to 1970, and then by descent, thereafter in a private collection of Steven Bono, Chicago IL, acquired on the US art market in 2001.

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