Mummy mask and trappings of Princess Mernua

Napatan Period, reign of Aspelta
593-568 B.C.

Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, Meroe Begarawiya S, Tomb S 85


Height: 172 cm (67 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, electrum

Not On View


The Ancient World


Mummy trappings

Mask and trappings of Princess Mernua. Silver and electrum; restored by Wm. J. Young in 1953 and partly mounted on modern silver, the whole being mounted on paper-maché dummy. Silver sheet winged goddess above mask, silver mask, silver broad collar, silver winged scarab on chest surmounting partly missing silver streamer with inscription flanked by electrum streamers (two on each side). Four Sons of Horus of electrum over bead net of silver and faience elements (modern stringing).


From Meroe: Beg. S., tomb 85 (tomb of Princess Mernua). 1923: 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 unknown)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition