Ear stud

Meroitic Period
beginning of the Christian era

Object Place: Sudan, Nubia


Diameter: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, enamel

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

A frieze of granulated chevrons surrounds the central conical boss. Stylized blossom motifs of gold wire decorate the rim, which shows traced of red fill material. (Sudan catalogue)
Gold. Around raised center a conventional grape design. Cloisonné border with red background. Back of stud missing. (Card)
(Volume V, p. 237, fig. 162, 8)


From Meroe, Western Cemetery, Tomb Beg. W 139. February, 1922: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1924: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition