Silver Ring

Silver Ring
Nubian, Meroitic Period
Silver
Lent by Julia Schottlander
This extraordinary silver ring was of a type worn by Nubian Queens in the first and second centuries A. D. The design engraved on the bezel depicts a queen seated between the most popular Nubian goddesses, Hathor and Isis. All wear the elaborately patterned dresses typical of the period and characteristic headdresses. Depictions on the chapels of the pyramids in the Sudan show royal women wearing multiple rings of this type. The famous Ferlini Treasure had a number of silver and gold rings like this and others have been made of bronze and of iron. Meroitic Queens could rule as sovereigns in their own right and their title, kanadake, survives as the name Candice.