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Eye inlays from a coffin

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This pair of eye inlays probably was once part of a coffin. Stone inlay pieces are set in bronze rims that are somewhat corroded. Travertine (Egyptian alabaster) has been used for the whites of the eyes, with circular pupils of black stone (possibly obsidian?) have been set in.


From Nuri, Pyramid 54 (Queen Malaqaye), chamber A debris. 1918: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan; 1921: received by the MFA. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 664–270 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Length (a) x Length (b): 7.2 x 7.6cm (2 13/16 x 3in.)

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Medium or Technique

Bronze; travertine (Egyptian alabaster); obsidian (?)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi