Head of a cobra

New Kingdom

Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, Gebel Barkal, Debris in Temple B 900, Ex-1


Height x width x length: 10.5 x 14 x 15.5 cm (4 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 6 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gray brown granite with red inclusions

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World



Head of a colossal cobra. Top of the head where a crown would be attached is now broken off. Upper half of right eye missing. Upper left part of hood with incised lines preserved. Triangular incised design beneath chin on throat. Likely part of body 20-1-255 and 20-1-243.


From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, debris in Temple B 900, Ex-1. 1919: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan. December 26, 1919.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition