The Rosetta Stone was created in 196 BC as a tribute to Ptolemy V who began to rule Egypt at the age of five. The stone was erected on March 25th during the ninth year of his reign and contained a decree issued by a congress of priests who gathered at Memphis. The inscriptions proclaim Ptolemy V as the divine ruler of Egypt, Ever-Living and Beloved of Ptah, the Egyptian creator-god, maker of all things. In exchange for his divine status, Ptolemy V granted tax exemptions to the priesthood in Memphis whose political support was vital to ruling the kingdom. On July 15, 1799, the Rosetta Stone was re-discovered byFrench soldier Pierre-Francois Bouchard in the city of Rosetta (Modern day Rashid). The Rosetta Stone remained in control of French troops until March of 1801 when British troops took possession and transported it to England where it was presented to King George III. The stone now rests in the British Museum of Art and remains to this day the museum’s single most visited object.
The David Oscarson Rosetta Stone Collection is unique as it is the first to incorporate moving parts; each pen barrel is divided into three rotating sections representing the three languages inscribed on the original RosettaStone (Hieroglyphic, Demotic and Greek). Each rotating section is then engraved with one of the three significant inscriptions from the original stone in all three languages denoting Ptolemy (at the top end), Ever-Living (in the middle section) and Beloved of Ptah (at the base) as outlined in the original decree.
- This pen color is limited to production of 77 pieces (including fountain and roller ball styles)
- Crafted from .925 Sterling Silver
- Incorporates multiple levels of diamond-cut Guilloche engraving and a combination of Translucent and Opaque Hard Enamels
- Eachindividual component is Guilloche-engraved and repeatedly kiln-fired and filed by hand, resulting in the beautiful and enduring finish
- Each pen cap features the Winged Disk of Horus, which scholars agree originally crowned the top of the Rosetta stone
- The Winged Disk is inlaid with multiple colors of opaque hard enamel and polished to a seamless finish with the precious metal background
- Crowning the cap is the face of an original Egyptian coin portraying an image of Ptolemy V during his reign; the reverse of the coin features an eagle and is located at the base of the penbarrel
- Positioned at the base of the clip is the familiar symbol of the Ankh which represents the concept of eternal life; the Egyptian gods are often portrayed carrying it by its loop, or bearing one in each hand