Heart scarab of Queen Asata

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


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 42, Tomb of Queen Asata

Dimensions

Overall: 10.9 x 7cm (4 5/16 x 2 3/4in.)

Accession Number

20.643

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Out on Loan

On display at Drents Museum, Assen, The Netherlands, December 15, 2018 – May 5, 2019

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Mummy trappings

Green jasper heart scarab of Queen Asata with eleven horizontal registers of beautifully-cut hieroglyphs on the base; some white paint remains in the hieroglyphs.

Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 42, Tomb of Asata. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan; 1920: received by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition