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Plaque showing a smiting king

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Once part of an elaborately decorated horse harness, this plaque carries a raised relief figure of a striding ruler with his hand raised to smite an enemy. It is one of 15 from the same tomb.


From Meroe (Beg. N), pyramid 16 (tomb of Aryesbokhe). 1921: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, reign of Aryesbokhe, A.D. 215–225


Meroe (Beg. N), Nubia (Sudan)

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Medium or Technique

Gilded silver


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related