Inscribed shell-shaped stone

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
743–712 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid IV (Queen Khensa)

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 1.7 x 2.5 cm (11/16 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

24.942

Medium or Technique

Steatite

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Function unknown

Imitation snail shell carved of steatite with a wrap-around band of inscribed hieroglyphs.

Provenance

From el-Kurru, Ku. 4 (tomb of Queen Khensa). 1919: 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.
(Accession date: March 1, 1919)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition