Egyptian Revival Onyx Intaglio Signet Ring
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An exceptional Art Deco era intaglio signet ring, modeled in 14k yellow gold, whose onyx seal is carved with a torch, intersecting the greek letter omega (the end). This seal is held in an elaborate mount, whose finely-carved, figural decor has an Egyptian flavor— the ring's broad shoulders both feature the bust of the pharaoh Hatshepsut, and alongside this barely-smiling ruler, pairs of curvaceous asps. Three petaled lotus flowers decorate the picture-corner style tabs posted at the corners of the intaglio seal. This ring is beautifully made, weighty, crisp and genuinely rare. We love it for its bold, graphic presence, and for its undeniably mystical quality! It is marked by the maker Mulligan, Wash DC, and with 14k for purity. It is further inscribed, in hand-engraved script, H.A.L. 1932. We interpret the seal's message as: "vigilance to the end."
If this Hatshepsut likeness reminds you of the bust of a sphinx, that's not surprising! Many pharaohs had their heads carved atop sphinx "guardian statues" made for their tombs. One of Egypt's most famous Sphinxes is the Hatshepsut Sphinx, which now lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York.
US 6 1/4 (fits 1/4 to 1/2 size smaller)
This ring can be resized (down to US 5, and up to us 8 1/4). Resizing for this ring is complimentary (just leave your desired size in the notes at checkout).
Ring face measures approx 14.7 x 12.8 mm; shank measures approx 14.5 mm at the shouler and tapers to approx 4.85 mm at the base.