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Cylinder sheath of King Aspelta

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A rosette appears on the bottom. The lower cylinder shows the winged goddess Isis between crouching figures of the gods Montu of Thebes (falcon-headed) and Chnum-Re of Elephantine (ram-headed). On the upper cylinder, ram's heads occur, along with a crouching figure of the god Khonsu...

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From Nuri, Pyramid Nu 8, Chamber A. April, 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.

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Height x diameter: 12.2 x 3 cm (4 13/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gilded silver


The Ancient World


Unclassifiable objects, Function Unknown