Finger ring

Nubian
Meroitic Period
90–50 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. West, tomb W 5

Dimensions

Bezel: 1 x 1.6 cm (3/8 x 5/8 in.) Shank: 1.9 x 2.3 cm (3/4 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

24.514

Medium or Technique

Electrum with remnants of enamel

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

Only part of the tomb was plundered and many artifacts, including jewelry, were recovered. Severals jewels are enameled. This hand-fabricated ring has an elliptical bezel with applied wire cloisons. The design incorporates a central rosette with lotus blossoms at both ends. The enamel is largely missing.

Provenance

From Meroe, Beg. W 179. January 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