Triad of Meroitic queen and two goddesses

Nubian
Meroitic Period
early 1st century B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, Pyramid Bar. 8

Dimensions

Height x length x width: 65 x 32 x 61 cm (25 9/16 x 12 5/8 x 24 in.)

Accession Number

21.11808

Medium or Technique

Sandstone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Sandstone group sculpture of a Meroitic Queen flanked by two protective goddesses, Isis and Nepthys. A never-ending offering of water for the nourishment of the Queen’s soul, flows from the vases lying at their knees. The Queen had herself represented according to the Kushite ideal of feminine beauty- short haired, stout, and adorned with jewels. The goddesses were represented in the Egyptian style, with long wigs and slimmer bodies.

Flecks of gold and paint indicate that the statue was originally brightly painted and gilded.

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal: pyramid 10. 1916: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.
(Accession date: March 25, 1992)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition