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The metal on this ring was originally overlaid with gold. It is now heavily corroded and the bezel is illegible. It was found in the debris of a plundered burial.


From Meroe, Beg. W 212. December, 1922: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, 250–50 B.C.


Meroe, Beg. West, Nubia (Sudan)


Bezel: 1.5 x 2 x 1.3 cm (9/16 x 13/16 x 1/2 in.) Shank: 2.8 x 2 cm (1 1/8 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Rings