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Plaque with image of a lion

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Once part of an elaborately decorated horse harness, this is one of a group of plaques showing a bounding lion in raised relief. All were originally gilded.


From Meroe (Beg. North), Pyramid 16. 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Meroe, Beg. North, Nubia (Sudan)


15.5 x 1.5 cm (6 1/8 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilded silver


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related