Cylinder sheath of King Aspelta

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


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 8

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 12.4 x 3 cm (4 7/8 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.11731

Medium or Technique

Gilded silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Function unknown

At the bottom is a wreath of lotus blossoms. Two winged goddesses, Hathor and Mut (?) adorn the lower cylinder between the vulture and serpent astride the heraldic plants of Upper and Lower Egypt. Between these are the names of Aspelta. On the upper cylinder are papyrus umbels, ram’s heads with sun-disks and a frieze of uraeus serpents. (Sudan catalogue)

Silver gilt cylinder sheath in two parts, fragmentary, mounted on modern silver cylinders, top part with repoussé decorations, lower part with engraved decorations including cartouches of Aspelta. Bottom with rosette complete, sides only partly preserved; see also 21.11744. (Card)

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