Cylinder sheath of King Aspelta

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

Object Place: Sudan


Height x diameter: 12.2 x 3 cm (4 13/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilded silver

Not On View


The Ancient World


Function unknown

A rosette appears on the bottom. The lower cylinder shows the winged goddess Isis between crouching figures of the gods Montu of Thebes (falcon-headed) and Chnum-Re of Elephantine (ram-headed). On the upper cylinder, ram’s heads occur, along with a crouching figure of the god Khonsu (falcon-headed, with crescent moon and lunar disk), and a uraeus frieze above. (Sudan catalogue)

Gold cylinder sheath in two parts, originally mounted on silver, now mounted on modern silver cylinders, top part with repoussé decorations, lower part with engraved decorations including cartouches of Aspelta. Few fragments missing; bottom with rosette pattern complete. See also 21.11744. (Card)


From Nuri, Pyramid Nu 8, Chamber A. April, 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