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Inscribed gold plaque

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This rectangular gold plaque would have been included as part of the trappings of a royal mummy. It was likely attached or included within mummy wrappings as a protective measure, as a wedjat eye (a symbol of protection), is incribed on one side.


From Nuri, Tomb of Queen Malenra (Pyramid 22). 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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Atlanersa, 650 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width: 7.4 x 6 cm (2 15/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings