Silver horse trappings

Meroitic Period, reign of Aryesbokhe
A.D. 215–225

Object Place: Sudan, Nubia


Height x width x depth: 3 x 3.2 x 1.8 cm (1 3/16 x 1 1/4 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilded silver

Not On View


The Ancient World



The charging lion was fastened to a horizontally running leather strap. Known from battle scenes as early as the New Kingdom, the lion was often shown running alongside the king as he raced to war in his chariot. (Sudan catalogue)
Silver. Rectangular plaque. Repoussé relief lion bounding to left. Corroded, about complete. See 24.1057-1064. (Card)


From Meroe, Pyramid Beg. N. 18. 1921: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1924, assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition