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Finger ring with scarab

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The shank of this ring is made of thin, gold wire (now misshapen). The movable bezel is a hard stone scarab (amazonite). The base of the scarab is uninscribed while the back is summarily carved with divided wing cases.

Provenance

From Nuri 20, tomb of Atlanersa. February 1917: 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, Napatan Period, reign of Atlanersa, 653–643 B.C.

Object Place

Nubia, Sudan

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: diameter of ring approximately .022; length of scarab .013; width of scarab .009

Accession Number

20.259

Medium or Technique

Gold and microcline (amazonite)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids