Heart scarab of Asata

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Aspelta
593–568 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid XLII, Tomb of Queen Asata

Dimensions

Overall: 10.9 x 7cm (4 5/16 x 2 3/4in.)

Accession Number

20.643

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Mummy trappings

Green jasper heart scarab of Queen Asata with eleven horizontal registers of beautifully-cut hieroglyphs on the base; some white paint remains in the hieroglyphs.

Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid XLII, Tomb of Asata. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan; 1920: received by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition