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Inscribed shell-shaped stone

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Imitation snail shell carved of steatite with a wrap-around band of inscribed hieroglyphs.

Provenance

From el-Kurru: pyramid 4 (Queen Khensa). 1919: Excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan. (Accession date: March 1, 1919)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Piye (Piankhy), 743–712 B.C.

Object Place for Label

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 1.7 x 2.5 cm (11/16 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

24.942

Medium or Technique

Steatite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Unclassifiable objects, Function Unknown