Signet ring

Meroitic Period
40 B.C.–A.D. 114

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. West, tomb 134


Bezel: 1.3 x 1.8 cm (1/2 x 11/16 in.) Shank: 2.5 x 2 cm (1 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver and gold

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This ring was found with several other rings in the debris on the coffin bench. It consists of a silver signet ring wrapped in thick gold sheet up to the bottom of the bezel. This unusual technique is found on several other rings of similar date recovered from the site. The image on the bezel is illegible.


From Meroe, tomb W 134. February 1922: 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