Signet ring

Meroitic Period
100 B.C.–100 A.D.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. W 333


Height x diameter (bezel): 1.2 x 1.3 cm (1/2 x 1/2 in.) Height x width (Shank): 2.2 x 1.8 cm (7/8 x 11/16 in.)

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Out on Loan

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


Jewelry, The Ancient World



The ring was found in the thieve’s debris. The circular, deeply-cut, intaglio bezel features four lion’s heads symmetrically arranged around a cental cobra with a sun disk. Several other rings were recovered from the tomb. Most interesting is the fact that several ring forms were included in the burial (cast signets, rings set with glass, gold sheet over metal cores).


From Meroe, Beg. W 333.1923: 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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition