User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Sheath for a staff

Start collecting

Hollow cylinder, open at one end. In relief of two Nile gods and cartouches of a Meroitic king. Incised meroitic inscription. (Card)


From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Temple B 500, north gate in B 502. April, 1916: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1924: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, about 110–90 B.C.


Gebel Barkal, Nubia, Sudan

Object Place

Gebel Barkal, Nubia, Sudan


Height x diameter: 4.7 x 3.75 cm (1 7/8 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Personal accessories