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Cylinder sheath of Aspelta

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Silver gilt cylinder sheath (formerly probably mounted on silver, now mounted on modern silver cylinders) in two parts: top part with repoussé and engraved decorations, lower part with engraved decorations including cartouches of Aspelta; fragmentary and incomplete. Bottom with rosette...

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From Nuri, pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta). 1916: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

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Legacy dimension: Total H. .114 m. Diameter at bottom .032 m.

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The Ancient World


Unclassifiable objects, Function Unknown