Signet ring

Nubian
Meroitic Period, reign of Amanitaraqide
A.D. 40–50


Object Place: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. North, Pyramid N 16

Dimensions

Bezel: 1.7 x 1.8 cm (11/16 x 11/16 in.) Shank: 3 x 2.2 cm (1 3/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

24.563

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

The ring has an intaglio bezel deeply incised cup with “Ankh” sign in center. It was found on the right, dismembered hand in chamber A. All together, there were nine rings on the hand. Another hand in the same area had ten silver rings. Considerable 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. 1921: 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