Head of a queen

Meroitic Period, Natakamani– Amanitaraqide
A.D. 20–50


Height x width x depth: 19 x 8.5 x 13 cm (7 1/2 x 3 3/8 x 5 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Sandstone, traces of gilding and Egyptian blue

Not On View


The Ancient World



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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition