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Cylinder sheath of Aspelta

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Gold cylinder sheath. a) Lower part and base complete, inscribed with a goddess with outspread wings and with inscriptions including the cartouches of Aspelta. Rosette on base. B) Upper part, crushed, showing three registers in relief; top uraeae, center rams and sun discs, below lotus flowers.


From Nuri: pyramid 8 (Tomb of Aspelta). 1917: Excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan. (Accession date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Aspelta, 593–568 B.C.

Object Place

Nuri, Nubia, Sudan


Height x diameter: 11.3 x 3.1 cm (4 7/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Unclassifiable objects, Function Unknown