Signet ring

Nubian
Meroitic Period
50 B.C.–225 A.D.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. W 134

Dimensions

Height x width (Bezel): 1.2 x 1.3 cm (1/2 x 1/2 in.) Height x width (Shank): 2 x 1.7 cm (13/16 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.571

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

This ring was found in the debris on the the coffin bench, along with four other signets. The circular, intaglio bezel features a falcon’ head in profile with a double-feather crown. The falcon is set in a sun disk flanked by uraei.

Provenance

From Meroe: Beg. W 134. 1922: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession date: February 1, 1922)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition