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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.


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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and microcline (amazonite)


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids