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Finger ring with a key bezel

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The ring's bezel is in the shape of a key. It was found attached to a finger. Nineteen other finger rings were recovered from the hands of the deceased. Additional jewelry was discovered in the two subterranean chambers, including earrings, bracelet elements, and glass beads. Some ornaments...

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From Meroe, Beg. N, Pyramid N 16, chamber A, in floor debris, attached to a finger. March 1921: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, reign of Amanitaraqide, A.D. 40–50


Meroe, Beg. North, Nubia (Sudan)


Bezel: 1.4 x 1 cm (9/16 x 3/8 in.) Shank: 2.2 x 2 cm (7/8 x 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Rings