Finger ring with scarab

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Atlanersa
653–643 B.C.


Object Place: Sudan, Nubia

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: diameter of ring approximately .022; length of scarab .013; width of scarab .009

Accession Number

20.259

Medium or Technique

Gold and microcline (amazonite)

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

The shank of this ring is made of thin, gold wire (now misshapen). The movable bezel is a hard stone scarab (amazonite). The base of the scarab is uninscribed while the back is summarily carved with divided wing cases.

Provenance

From Nuri 20, tomb of Atlanersa. February 1917: 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