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Traces of Egyptian blue are still preserved at the once inlaid eyes. The face appears to have been gilded. Above the brow a depression meant to take a uraeus is visible. The face has distinctive cheekbones and full lips. The face may represent either King Natakamani or Queen Amanitore, both...

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From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Temple B 500, Room B 514. April, 1916: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1924: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, Natakamani– Amanitaraqide, A.D. 20–50


Height x width x depth: 19 x 8.5 x 13 cm (7 1/2 x 3 3/8 x 5 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Sandstone, traces of gilding and Egyptian blue


The Ancient World