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The burial chamber of this tomb was unplundered and a significant amount of jewelry was recovered. There were rings on both hands and in boxes. This ring has a circular, intaglio bezel featuring a seated figure before an altar.


From Meroe, Beg. W 179. February 1922: 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, Meroitic Period, A.D. 30–175


Meroe, Beg. West, Nubia (Sudan)


Bezel: 1.8 x 1.9 cm (11/16 x 3/4 in.) Shank: 2.2 x 1.9 cm (7/8 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Rings