Head of a queen
Meroitic Period, Natakamani– Amanitaraqide
Height x width x depth: 19 x 8.5 x 13 cm (7 1/2 x 3 3/8 x 5 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Sandstone, traces of gilding and Egyptian blue
Not On View
Traces of Egyptian blue are still preserved at the once inlaid eyes. The face appears to have been gilded. Above the brow a depression meant to take a uraeus is visible. The face has distinctive cheekbones and full lips. The face may represent either King Natakamani or Queen Amanitore, both great builders of the Barkal temples.
From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, Temple B 500, Room B 514. April, 1916: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1924: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition