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: 10.5 x 8 x 7.6 cm (4 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 3 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Light gray granite

Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

Two dressed surfaces forming right angle. Both sides have vertical borders and hieroglyphic inscription. Object Registers says 11 fragments. 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