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Intaglio inlay for a finger ring

This circular, intaglio inlay for a finger ring was found in the thieve's debris near the doorway to the burial chamber. It features a profile view of a bird. Several signet rings and jewelry items were also recovered from the tomb.


From Meroe, Beg. W 140. 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

Nubian, Meroitic Period, 40 B.C.–A.D. 40


Meroe, Beg. West, Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Rings