A Faience Ring Bezel for Tutankhamun, King of Egypt, 18th Dynasty ca. 1336-1327 BC
a fine ring bezel of bright blue-glazed faience with finely incised text that reads: "Tutankhamun, ruler of the Southern Heliopolis (i.e., Thebes)" and has been set, in keeping with ancient design, into an 18K gold ring with revolving gold bezel and slim gold wire spirals wrapped around the upper portion of the shank.
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: the faience bezel is intact and in excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: US ring size: 9 3/4 - 10 Bezel height: 2.22 cm (7/8 inch)
Provenance: Collection of Elaine Lustig Cohen, acquired from J.J. Klejman, NYC, February 19, 1972. Accompanied by original sales receipt.