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Slab from the end of a coffin bench

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Sandstone "coffin bench" of an unknown Meroitic king. Partially restored, with traces of red pigment still visible. They feature many reliefs, but no inscriptions. On the sides are carved the falcon-headed "Souls of Pe" (representing the north), and the jackal- headed "Souls of Dep"...

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Findspot Information: From Meroe: Pyr. Beg. N VIII, burial chamber. [Excav. date] 1923.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, early 2nd century B.C.

Object Place

Meroe, Nubia, Sudan


Block (Rolling steel I-beam frame ( 5" dia. 1 1/2" thick double wheels)): 67.95 x 191.14 x 373.38 cm (26 3/4 x 75 1/4 x 147 in.) Framed (Top frame is made of unistrut for holding various size stones): 101.6 x 139.7 x 335.28 cm (40 x 55 x 132 in.)

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The Ancient World


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