Head and shoulders of a deity

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K X grave K 1043 no.12


Overall: 21 x 15 x 11.3 cm (8 1/4 x 5 7/8 x 4 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This is the head and shoulders of a deity. It wears a tripartite wig and a wesekh collar with three strands of incised beads. The face is missing and seems to have lacked chin and ears, so it is very likely that a theriomorphic deity, for example Horus or Sobek. The back pillar is uninscribed, and above the pillar on top of the wig are traces of a raised step, ,likely the remains of a headdress or crown.


From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K X grave K 1043 no.12. 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition