Cylinder sheath of Aspelta

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

Object Place: Sudan


Legacy dimension: Total H. .124 m. Diameter at bottom .031 m.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilded silver

Not On View


The Ancient World


Function unknown

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


From Nuri, Pyramid 8 (Tomb of Aspelta),Chamber A. 1916: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan; 1921: received by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition