Cylinder sheath of King Aspelta

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

Object Place: Sudan, Nubia, Nuri, Pyramid 8


Height x diameter: 11.3 x 3.1 cm (4 7/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

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Out on Loan

On display at Drents Museum, Assen, The Netherlands, December 15, 2018 – May 5, 2019


The Ancient World


Function unknown

Gold cylinder sheath. a) Lower part and base complete, inscribed with a goddess with outspread wings and with inscriptions including the cartouches of Aspelta. Rosette on base. B) Upper part, crushed, showing three registers in relief; top uraeae, center rams and sun discs, below lotus flowers.


From Nuri, pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta). 1917: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.
(Accession date: March 1, 1921)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition