Eye inlay

Napatan Period, reign of Tanwetamani
664–653 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 59


Length: 15.5 cm (6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze, alabaster, black stone

Not On View


The Ancient World


Mummy trappings

This item is one of a pair of inlays in the shape of eyes that were probablt set into a mummiform coffin. It is comprised of bronze rim (now corroded), a travertine (Egyptian alabaster) ball eye, and a black stone pupil. Both eyes are complete.

For the partner to this eye inlay see also: 21.857a.


From Nuri, Pyramid 59. 1918: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition to Nubia under the direction of George A. Reisner; assigned to the MFA by the goverment of the Sudan. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition