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Finger ring

Meroitic Period
40 B.C.–A.D. 114

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. West, tomb W 454


Bezel: 1.9 x 1.1 x 0.3 cm (3/4 x 7/16 x 1/8 in.) Shank: 2.1 x 1.9 cm (13/16 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver and faience

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This ring, along with four others, came from a plundered tomb with no trace of the burial. It has a rectangular bezel that is inlaid with a faience wedjat-eye. The metal shoulder of the ring is decorated with floral elements and an ankh, an atypical treatment for the period. Another unusual aspect are the “tabs” in the metal bezel.


From Meroe, Beg. W 454. February 1923: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition