Pair of ancient Egyptian rings (gold with glass, lapis lazuli, and carnelian inlay) depicting lotus flowers. Artist unknown; ca. 1400-1200 BCE (18th or 19th Dynasty, New Kingdom). Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.
Ancient Egyptian frog ring, dated to the eighteenth to nineteenth dynasties of the New Kingdom, or c. 1543-1187 BCE. The ring is made of Egyptian blue, which, according to the source, was a “vibrant blue pigment, considered to be the first synthetically-produced pigment, composed of quartz sand, a copper compound, and calcium carbonate. The colour blue was highly prized in ancient Egypt and the creation of a synthetic pigment allowed artists to produce imitations of the precious stones lapis lazuli and turquoise, which were expensive and not always readily accessible.” Egyptian blue fell out of favor sometime during the Roman period.
Detail from an ancient Egyptian papyrus, depicting a lion playing the board game of senet against a gazelle. The scene is one of multiple satiric vignettes of animals behaving like humans. Artist unknown; ca. 1250-1150 BCE (19th Dynasty, New Kingdom). Now in the British Museum.