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The ring was found in the thieve's debris. The circular, deeply-cut, intaglio bezel features four lion's heads symmetrically arranged around a cental cobra with a sun disk. Several other rings were recovered from the tomb. Most interesting is the fact that several ring forms were included in the...

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From Meroe: Beg. W 333. 1923: 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 unknown)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, 185–10 B.C.


Meroe, Beg. West, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x diameter (bezel): 1.2 x 1.3 cm (1/2 x 1/2 in.) height x width (Shank): 2.2 x 1.8 cm (7/8 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Rings