Bracelet with octagonal disc

Meroitic Period

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, W 130 # 3 and # 4


Overall: Bezel depth 2.5 x diameter 6.5 cm (1 x 2 9/16 in.) Overall: Interior of wristband 3.5 x 5.5 cm (1 3/8 x 2 3/16 in.) Overall: Width of wrist band 2 x D of central black stone 2.2 cm (13/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, glass or carnelian and black stone

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Bracelets and armlets

Silver and glass or carnelian. Bracelet with large octagonal disc, set with glass or carnelian inlays. The disk is flat on the surface but the whole disk is 2.0 cm deep with a truncated cone shape. It is composed of thin sheet silver over a plaster core. Much corroded and decayed. Forms a pair with 24.1002; housed together in 2 boxes. Wrist band is in 7 large fragments and numerous smaller fragments.
4 transparent red - orange glass or stone inlays are loose. Also present is one carnelian faceted bead.


From Meroe: W 130 #3 and #4. 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