Falcon head fragment

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, surface debris north of K1043


Overall: 6.2 x 4.8 x 3.7 cm (2 7/16 x 1 7/8 x 1 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This is a fragment of a falcon head. Only the beak and eyes of the falcon remain and a portion of the top of the head. There is a socket drilled on the top of the head to receive a headdress. A bit of the right ear remains. The surface is worn. The stone is black granodiorite, the break areas look almost melted (often with large pink feldspar veins or inclusions). GD4.


From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, southern cemetery, KX, surface debris north of K1043, 1913: 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: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition