Inscribed steatite ball

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


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 4 (Queen Khensa)

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 2.6 x 3.2 cm (1 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.313

Medium or Technique

Steatite

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment

This steatite ball is decorated with six vertical bands of inscribed hieroglyphs, including the cartouches of Queen Khensa.

Provenance

From el-Kurru, Ku 4 (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, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition