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Intaglio inlay for a finger ring

Nubian
Meroitic Period
40 B.C.–A.D. 40


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. West, tomb W 140

Dimensions

Overall: 1.1 x 1.2 x 0.2 cm (7/16 x 1/2 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.1072

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

This circular, intaglio inlay for a finger ring was found in the thieve’s debris near the doorway to the burial chamber. It features a profile view of a bird. Several signet rings and jewelry items were also recovered from the tomb.

Provenance

From Meroe, Beg. W 140. February 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