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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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Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

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.)

Accession Number

14.723

Medium or Technique

Granodiorite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture