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Eye inlays

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This pair of eye inlays wae probably been part of a coffin. Stone inlay pieces are set in bronze rims which retain areas of gilding. The whites of the eyes are travertine (Egyptian alabaster), the iris & pupils obsidian. The eyebrows are separate bronze components, one of which retains gilding....

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From Meroe (Begarawiya) South Cemetery, Pyramid 85, 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: 1923)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 623–568 B.C.


Meroe (Begrawiya), Nubia (Sudan)


Length (eyes): 6.8 cm (2 11/16 in.) Length (gilded eyebrow): 7.1 cm (2 13/16 in.) Length (bronze eyebrow): 8.1 cm (3 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Bronze, travertine (Egyptian alabaster), obsidian, gold


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi