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Inscribed steatite ball

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This steatite ball is decorated with six vertical bands of inscribed hieroglyphs, including the cartouches of Queen Khensa.

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 Sudan. (Accession date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Depth x Diameter: 2.6 x 3.2 cm (1 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.313

Medium or Technique

Steatite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment