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Cylinder sheath of King Aspelta

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At the bottom is a wreath of lotus blossoms. Two winged goddesses, Hathor and Mut (?) adorn the lower cylinder between the vulture and serpent astride the heraldic plants of Upper and Lower Egypt. Between these are the names of Aspelta. On the upper cylinder are papyrus umbels, ram's heads with...

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From Nuri, Pyramid 8, Chamber A. 1916: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan; 1921: received by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x diameter: 12.4 x 3 cm (4 7/8 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilded silver


The Ancient World


Unclassifiable objects, Function Unknown