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Ring with an oil lamp-shaped stone

Ring with an oil lamp-shaped stone
© BA Antiquities Museum/C. Gerigk

Registration Number(s)
BAAM Serial Bibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum Number 1026

Inv.Inventory
 M/II/6
Inv.Inventory
 (SCA) 198

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Ring with an oil lamp-shaped stone

Category:
Personal equipment, jewelry, finger rings
Date:
Byzantine Period, late 6th to early 8th cent. CE
Provenance:
Lower Egypt, Alexandria, Abukir, Canopus (Excavations of the year 2000)
Material(s):
Non-organic material, metal, gold
Length:
3.81 cm;
Width:
1.74 cm;
Depth:
1.08 cm;
Weight:
8.38 gr
Hall:
Submerged Antiquities, showcase M1


Description

A golden Ring made of a wrought band with an ornament in the form of a small oil lamp, the oil lamp has a double spout and an onion-shaped lid attached to the body with a hinge, the oil lamp has a drop-shaped mirror.

Gold

In the Coptic period, and since the beginning of their civilization, Egyptians made jewelry and tools from different kinds of metals such as gold, silver, copper, and bronze which were more frequently used. Gold was present in a free state; the remainder had to be extracted from ores. Crushing and casting of the ore, and shaping of the ingots were carried out on site, it could be hammered hot or cold, casting made it possible to create small objects with complex shapes.


The information given here is subject to modification/update as a result of ongoing research.

Bibliography
  • "Metal Work". In The Coptic Encyclopedia. Edited by: Atiya, Aziz S. Volume 5. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1991.
  • Goddio, Franck ed. Egypt's Sunken Treasures. Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin: 13 May– 4 September 2006. Munich: Prestel, 2006.
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