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Finger guard/cap

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As its name suggests, this gold finger guard for a mummy would have been placed on the appropraite finger of the deceased in the process of preparing them for burial. An impressed finger-nail outline contributes an element of realism. A fragment of finger bone remained inside.


From Nuri, Tomb of Harsiotef (Pyramid 13). 1917: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Akhratan, 350 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Length: 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings