Head with circlet

Classic Kerma
about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Tumulus III, 317: ii


Overall: 18.7 x 15.9 cm (7 3/8 x 6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Faience, human remains

Not On View


The Ancient World


Organic remains

Circlet of many strands of small blue faience ring beads around the skull of body A, which was found displaced. Skull has a quarter-sized hole in the center of forehead. Body A was the chief burial in tomb K317, with no sacrifices, on burial bed (Angareeb).


From Kerma, tumulus III, 317 :ii. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition