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Signet ring of Horemheb

New Kingdom (circa 1550 to circa 1069 BC)

Louvre Museum, Paris

This solid gold signet ring is exceptional for its size and the quality of its workmanship. 

Spirals are added toward the rounded ends of the very thick ring, and the four faces of the rectangular, rotating bezel are deeply engraved with a crocodile, a scorpion, a lion, and the coronation name of Horemheb, the last king of the 18th Dynasty.

The size of the ring indicates that it was not designed to be worn. It probably served as a seal for applying official stamps—a hypothesis supported by the deeply engraved designs.

The two teammates set a new standard in Rio Tuesday – but today, they went for individual gold: Simone Biles and Aly Raisman contended with each other and other gymnasts in the all-around competition.

After the first half of Thursday’s final, Biles was in second place, trailing Russia’s Aliya Mustafina 30.866 to 30.832. Raisman was in third. But Biles finished strong, turning in the highest-scoring performances of the day on her final two turns.

In the all-around, four groups of gymnasts rotate around the arena to the different apparati — and the uneven bars, which neither Biles nor Raisman specialize in, were in the first half of their rotation. Their group started on the vault and finished on the balance beam and the floor exercise.

Moments after Biles finished her floor routine, she and Raisman and their coaches were all smiles, chatting about their historic week in Olympic gymnastics. But then when Biles’ final score was announced, emotion overwhelmed her and it was all about tears.

Final scores: 62.198 for Biles; 60.098 for Raisman; and 58.665 for Mustafina.

Simone Biles Takes Gold And Aly Raisman Silver In Gymnastics All-Around In Rio

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