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North and south walls from a royal pyramid chapel

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The chapel walls would have been aligned in an east-west direction, with the seated king at the end of the wall facing east, toward the chapel doorway. He would have appeared in virtual mirror image on each wall, sheltered from behind by the outstretched wings of the goddess Isis. Only one wall...

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From Meroë, pyramid Beg. N. 51, chapel. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, about A.D. 225–246

Object Place for Label


Meroe (Beg. West), Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 152.4 x 243.8 cm (60 x 96 in.) Framed (24.1793-a Steel frame palette base /Unistrut connnection): 119.4 x 243.8 x 43.2 cm (47 x 96 x 17 in.) Framed (24.1793-b Steel palette frame base with unistrut connection): 146.7 x 241.3 x 43.2 cm (57 3/4 x 95 x 17 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief