This large sandstone block would have decorated the ceiling in one of the burial chapels of a king from Kerma. It is inlaid with reused fragments of Egyptian faience, which is arranged in a pattern of rosettes that symbolize the stars in the sky.
From Kerma, Temple XI. 1913: 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: December 4, 1913)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition