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Sandstone relief from Temple of Aramatelka (Amtalqa )

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Sandstone relief from the pyramid chapel of King Aramatelka (Amtalqa) showing several men playing 'senet'. This is a theme commonly featured in Egyptian tomb reliefs, and was adapted from them by Nubian royalty. A coating of painted plaster (now missing) would have covered the limestone.


From Nuri, pyramid 9, (tomb of Aramatelka) chapel. 1916-18: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Aramatelka (Amtalqa), 568–555 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia, The Sudan


Height x width x depth: 65.5 x 31 x 21 cm (25 13/16 x 12 3/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Foundation deposits