Relief of men playing senet

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Aramatelka (Amtalqa)
568–555 B.C.


Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, Nuri, Pyramid 9, chapel

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 65.5 x 31 x 21 cm (25 13/16 x 12 3/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

24.1789

Medium or Technique

Sandstone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Relief

Sandstone relief from the pyramid chapel of King Aramatelka (Amtalqa) showing several men playing ‘senet’. This is a theme commonly featured in Egyptian tomb reliefs, and was adapted from them by Nubian royalty. A coating of painted plaster (now missing) would have covered the limestone.

Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 9, (tomb of Aramatelka) chapel. 1916-18: 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