These porcelain rings, made as models of those of more valuable materials,
formed part of the sepulchral adornment of the dead. They do not appear to
have been placed on the fingers, but on wooden model hands placed on the
mummies or the coffins, an example of which appears on the mummy of a
female named Katebti in the British Museum. Those which have upon them
royal inscriptions are imitations of signets with the royal name, and the
hieroglyphs are always incuse or in intaglio. Those with royal names have the
names of monarchs of the 18th or 19th dynasties attached to them, but are not
later, and they were probably disused at a later period.
1630. Bezel of a model finger-ring; on it i © ■ Amen Ra ras inch,
" Amen Ra, lord of the South and North." -j in. long. Light-blue 'porcelain.
1631. Model of a finger-ring, teb, with oval bezel; on it in intaglio the
goddess se^et, the wife and companion of Ptah, draped and advancing to the
right, holding a papyrus sceptre, xu> m ner hand. § in. diameter. Light-
1632. Model of a finger-ring, the body formed of three bands, above the
head of the goddess Athor, full-face, wearing the cornice, and having cow's ears,
and three cats, sacred animals of the goddess. These cats are of lavender colour,
the body of the ring green. 1 in. long. Porcelain.