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Signet ring

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


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

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: Ring D. 0.018 Bezel D. 0.014 Tk 0.007

Accession Number

24.564

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

The ring has an intaglio bezel that features a seated royal figure holding a staff in left hand. 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