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Finger ring

Nubian
Meroitic Period
40 B.C.–A.D. 114


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. West, tomb W 454

Dimensions

Bezel: 1.9 x 1.1 x 0.3 cm (3/4 x 7/16 x 1/8 in.) Shank: 2.1 x 1.9 cm (13/16 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

23.1463

Medium or Technique

Silver and faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

This ring, along with four others, came from a plundered tomb with no trace of the burial. It has a rectangular bezel that is inlaid with a faience wedjat-eye. The metal shoulder of the ring is decorated with floral elements and an ankh, an atypical treatment for the period. Another unusual aspect are the “tabs” in the metal bezel.

Provenance

From Meroe, Beg. W 454. February 1923: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition