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Eye inlay from a coffin or mummy case

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This is the right 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 left eye and...

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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Meroe (Begrawiya), Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 1.8 x 2.6 x 8.5cm (11/16 x 1 x 3 3/8in.)

Accession Number

24.870

Medium or Technique

Bronze, alabaster, obsidian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi