Cylinder sheath

Napatan Period, reign of Aspelta
593–568 B.C.

Object Place: Sudan


Legacy dimension: Total H. .128 m. Diameter at bottom .033 m.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilded silver

Not On View


The Ancient World


Function unknown

Electrum cylinder sheath, originally mounted on silver, now mounted on modern silver cylinders; in two parts: top part with repoussé decorations, lower part with engraved decorations including cartouches of Aspelta; fragmentary, many parts missing; bottom with rosette and floral pattern preserved. See also 21.11744.


From Nuri, Pyramid 8 (Tomb of Aspelta). 1916: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition