Ear stud

Meroitic Period, reign of Amanitaraqide
A.D. 40–50

Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, Meroe, Beg. N 16


Diameter: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, enamel

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

Gold ear stud. The central figure is the goddess Hathor with tall cow’s horns surrounding a sun-disk. A multi-rowed broad collar adorns her neck. The rim is decorated with flower petals. (Sudan catalogue)

Originally surrounded with blue inlay now missing. Outer edge conventional design. (Card)


From Meroe, Beg. N 16. 1921: 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.
(Accession date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition