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Obelisk of Senkamanisken

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This dark gray granite obelisk fragment is inscribed for king Senkamanisken. The obelisk tapers, being wider at the bottom than the top. This is the mid-section of a small obelisk. It is inscribed on all four sides; one face has a cartouche of Senkamanisken.

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal B702. 1916: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan. From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal B702 door.Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession date: )

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Senkamanisken, 643–623 B.C.

Findspot

Gebel Barkal, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 94 x 18 x 18 cm (37 x 7 1/16 x 7 1/16 in.); Overall: Width at bottom of obelisk 19.5 cm (7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

16-4-33

Medium or Technique

Granite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture