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Eye from coffin or mummy case

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This is the left eye inlay from a coffin or mummy case. It is intact with a bronze rim into which is set the whites of the eye in travertine (Egyptian alabaster) and a circular obsidian piece for the iris & pupil. It comprises part of a set that originally would have included the right eye and...

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From Meroe (Begrawiya), South Cemetery, Pyramid 19, chamber debris. 1921: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Harsiyotef to an unknown ruler, 404–353 B.C.


Meroe (Begrawiya), Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width x depth: 1.6 x 2.6 x 8.5cm (5/8 x 1 x 3 3/8in.)

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Medium or Technique

Bronze, alabaster, and obsidian


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi