Silver horse trappings

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

Object Place: Sudan, Nubia


Height x width x depth: 4.8 x 3.0 x 0.3 cm (1 7/8 x 1 3/16 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilded silver

Not On View


The Ancient World



The god Arensnuphis with tall plumed crown holds a bow, wears a quiver over his shoulder, and swings a mace in his upraised right hand. The wide, striding pose recalls the canonical scene of the king smiting his enemies. Bronze bells with representations of bound enemies accompanied the gilded silver plaques on the horse trappings. (Sudan catalogue)
Rectangular horse harness plaque with figure of Arensnuphis, striding left, wearing long skirt, holding bow. Very abraded. Gilt Silver with bronze back-plate. (Card)


From Meroe: Pyramid Beg. N. 16. 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