Finger ring with a key bezel

Nubian
Meroitic Period, reign of Aryesbokhe
215–225


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. N 16

Dimensions

Bezel: 1.4 x 1 cm (9/16 x 3/8 in.) Shank: 2.2 x 2 cm (7/8 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.1075

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

The ring’s bezel is in the shape of a key. It was found attached to a finger. Nineteen other finger rings were recovered from the hands of the deceased. Additional jewelry was discovered in the two subterranean chambers, including earrings, bracelet elements, and glass beads. Some ornaments were enameled.

Provenance

From Meroe, Beg. N, Pyramid N 16, chamber A, in floor debris, attached to a finger. March 1921: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition