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Gold nail in wood fragment

Fragment of a very small gold nail in wood.


From Meroe, Beg. N XI. 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

Nubian, Meroitic Period, reign of Shanakdakhete, 170–150 B.C.


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)

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Medium or Technique

Wood and gold


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment