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Statue of an anonymous official

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Skillfully carved in hard, black granodiorite and polished to a high sheen, this statue of an unknown official exemplifies the high quality of nonroyal sculpture of the late Middle Kingdom. The features - a somber expression, high cheekbones, the ridge over the heavily lidded eyes, and enormous...

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From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K III 4(1). 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 13, 1783–about 1640 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 65 x 22 x 28.5 cm, 56.2 kg (25 9/16 x 8 11/16 x 11 1/4 in., 124 lb.) Block (Two part-epoxy base with attaching aluminum plate): 17.8 x 22.2 x 20.3 cm (7 x 8 3/4 x 8 in.)

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The Ancient World