Mummy net

Napatan Period
7th–6th century B.C.

Object Place: Sudan, Nubia


Height x width: 129 x 39 cm (50 13/16 x 15 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Not On View


The Ancient World


Mummy trappings

Bead net covering from body. Rectangular diamond mesh net of blue faience tubular beads with white glass ball beads at joints: in which are set mask, winged scarab, winged Isis, 4 genii, and vertical band of inscription in woven faience disc beads of red, white, black, and blue. (Reconstucted by Mrs. Reisner with original beads from several graves).


From Meroe, West Cemetery. 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition