Egyptian Silver Signet Ring with a Cartouche
An ancient Egyptian silver signet ring fragment, bearing a cartouche with a royal name.
In Egyptian hieroglyphs, a cartouche is an oval with a horizontal line at one end, indicating that the text enclosed is a royal name. They came into common use during the beginning of the Fourth Dynasty under Pharaoh Sneferu, but earlier examples date to the mid Second Dynasty on Cylinder Seals of Seth-Peribsen.
Formerly in an American private collection.