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Applique with incised hieroglyphic text

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This silver plaque once formed part of an elaborately decorated horse harness. It is decorated with raised relief hieroglyphs reading "ankh-was-neb", "All life and dominion."


From Meroe (Beg. N), pyramid 16 (tomb of Aryesbokhe). 1921: 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, reign of Aryesbokhe, A.D. 215–225


Meroe (Beg. N), Nubia (Sudan)

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The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related