Fragment of the altar of Taharqa

Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa
690–664 B.C

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, Circular Well B-1000


Other: 14.3 x 12.1 x 7.1 cm (5 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 2 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Light gray Granite

Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

Two dressed surfaces forming a right angle, both surfaces have vertical borders. One surface has fragment of incised hieroglyphic inscription “nesewt set ” royal throne . Other surface has part of cartouche. Part of altar of Taharka. See Documentation.


From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, circular wall B-1000. 1916: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession date: August 7, 2015)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition