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Cylinder sheath of King Aspelta

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On the lower cylinder, the goddess Hathor stands between vulture and serpent on the heraldic plants of Upper and Lower Egypt. The upper cylinder shows lotus flowers, ram's heads with sun-disks, and a uraeus frieze. (Sudan catalogue) Silver gilt cylinder sheath, originally mounted on silver, now...

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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: 11.4 x 3.2 cm (4 1/2 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilded silver


The Ancient World


Unclassifiable objects, Function Unknown