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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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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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stuccoed and painted sandstone


The Ancient World


Architectural elements