Fragment of a cobra statue naming Amenhotep III and the goddess Selqet

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III
1390–1352 B.C.

Findspot: Sudan, Gebel Barkal, Great temple of Amen, B 501


Overall: 45 x 46 x 105 cm (17 11/16 x 18 1/8 x 41 5/16 in.) Framed (Rolling steel pedestal / wooden skirts-3/4" thick): 102.2 x 60.3 x 120 cm (40 1/4 x 23 3/4 x 47 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black granodiorite

On View

Egyptian New Kingdom Gallery (Gallery 210)


The Ancient World



Black granodiorite figure of coiled cobra on base with raised hood. Originally made in two pieces, the rear end of the coils and base being attached to the front part by a dovetailed tongue-in-grove joint, to be slipped in from the left. Three pieces of the tongue preserved. Upper hood and head missing. Rear part broken in several pieces, now mended. Inscription on front of base includes cartouche of Amenhotep III. See Documentation for possible Related Objects.


From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Great Temple of Amen, outer court B 501 Area III-3 and III-6; but originally from Soleb Temple. 1920: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition