Triad of queen and two goddesses

Meroitic Period
early 1st century B.C.

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


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

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The Ancient World



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.


From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal: pyramid 10. 1916: 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition