Finger guard/cap

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Amaninatakelebte
515 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Tomb of Queen Amani-Nataki-Lebte, Pyramid 10

Dimensions

Length x width: 8.9 x 2.7 cm (3 1/2 x 1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.278

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Mummy trappings

As its name suggests, this gold finger guard for a mummy would have been placed on the appropraite finger of the deceased in the process of preparing them for burial. An impressed finger-nail outline contributes an element of realism.

Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 10 (tomb of Amaninatakelebte). 1916: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition