Cylinder sheath of Aspelta

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


Object Place: Sudan

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: Total H. .118 m. Diameter at bottom .031 m.

Accession Number

21.11740

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Function unknown

Silver gilt cylinder sheath (formerly probably mounted on silver, now mounted on modern silver cylinders) in two parts: top part with repoussé and engraved decorations, lower part with engraved decorations including cartouches of Aspelta; fragmentary, large portions missing. Bottom with engraved rosette only partly preserved. See also 21.11744.

Provenance

From Nuri, Pyramid 8 (Tomb of Aspelta),Chamber A. 1916: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan; 1921: received by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition