Cylinder sheath of Aspelta

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Aspelta
593–568 B.C.


Object Place: Sudan, Nubia, Nuri, Pyramid 8

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 11.3 x 3.1 cm (4 7/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.339a-b

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Function unknown

Gold cylinder sheath. a) Lower part and base complete, inscribed with a goddess with outspread wings and with inscriptions including the cartouches of Aspelta. Rosette on base. B) Upper part, crushed, showing three registers in relief; top uraeae, center rams and sun discs, below lotus flowers.

Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta). 1917: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.
(Accession date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition