Finger guard/cap

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Akhratan
350 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Tomb of Harsiotef, Pyramid 13

Dimensions

Length: 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.322

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. A fragment of finger bone remained inside.

Provenance

From Nuri, Tomb of Harsiotef (Pyramid 13). 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 Sudan.
(Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition