A pleasingly identical pair of brightly coloured jasper hair rings. The jasper is a pleasing deep orange-red shade with some flecks of other colouring, such as black and brown. These hair rings were often thought to be earrings, but it is clear that the opening is far too narrow to place it onto the ear lobe or cartilage, thus it is more likely that they were twisted into hair or wigs.
Date: Circa 1470 - 1194 BC Period: New Kingdom 18th - 19th Dynasty Condition: Good condition, complete and intact
Hair rings were used to adorn wigs and Egyptian hair. The Egyptians wore their hair in many styles, and this helped distinguish social classes. A wig-maker was a professional job in Ancient Egypt, and there is evidence of the use of henna to remove grey hair, and anti-baldness remedies. These hair rings were usually made of ivory or jasper.
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