Israel Department Of Antiquities and Museums

Green amazonite mounted in a gold setting (shown here) forms the signet ring of Shafat. The Hebrew letters of this biblical name can be read at the bottom of the seal’s impression, left. The name is inscribed around a papyrus flower. Across the center of the seal is a four-winged uraeus, or sacred asp of Egypt.

The two ends of the ring holding the seal’s gold casing are also incised with papyrus flowers. The eighth-century B.C. ring has sharp edges and therefore was probably worn not on the finger but suspended on a necklace.