Inlay for a finger ring

Nubian
Meroitic Period, reign of Natakamani
0–A.D. 20


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Pyr. N XXII

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 1.2 x 1.5 x 0.5 cm (1/2 x 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.1071

Medium or Technique

Glass

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

An oval-shaped, glass intaglio featuring a human head in the classical style. It is pale yellow in color. Apparently, there were fragments of a silver ring mount nearby. The inlay was recovered with seven other silver rings on the lower stairs leading to the burial chambers.

Provenance

From Meroe, Beg. N. 22, tomb of Natakamani; found on lower stairs leading to the subterranean burial chambers. January 6, 1922: 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