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Shrine in the form of a hut

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Once thought to be a shrine imitating the form of a traditional African shelter, this hollow dome-like object of sandstone can now be identified as a model of Gebel Barkal, the "Pure Mountain" of Napata, which was the chief sanctuary and coronation center of Kush and the site of the oracle of...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Great Temple of Amen, Hall (B 503). April, 1916: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1921: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, 2nd century B.C., or later

Object Place

Gebel Barkal, Sudan

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 62.5 x 59.2 cm (24 5/8 x 23 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.3234

Medium or Technique

Stuccoed and painted sandstone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements