Signet ring

Nubian
Meroitic Period
A.D. 0–20


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. North, Pyramid 16

Dimensions

Bezel: 1.3 x 1.5 cm (1/2 x 9/16 in.) Shank: 2.3 x 1.7 cm (7/8 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.17058

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

This finger ring (now repaired) has an intaglio bezel that features a seated queen. It was found on the right, dismembered hand in chamber A. All together, there were nine rings on the hand. Another hand in the same area had ten silver rings. Considerable jewelry was discovered in the two subterranean chambers, including earrings, bracelet elements, and glass beads. Some ornaments were enameled.

Provenance

From Beg. North, Pyramid 16, chamber A. 1921: 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