Scaraboid in ring mount

Napatan Period
712–653 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. West, tomb W 832


Overall: 1.1 cm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and steatite

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

The burial contained the decayed bones of a small child. Many amulets and ornaments were found in situ on the body. This scaraboid, set in a ring mount, was found in “the body debris.” Both sides of the scaraboid are flat. One side features Isis suckling Horus; the other side has hieroglyphs.


From Meroe, Beg. W 846. March 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