Inscribed base of statue

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K III 2(1)a


Overall: 9.9 cm (3 7/8 in.) Fragment a: 7.3 x 4.8 x 3 cm (2 7/8 x 1 7/8 x 1 3/16 in.) Fragment b: 4.3 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm (1 11/16 x 1 3/8 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



These two fitting fragments form the base of a statuette are inscribed with one horizontal line of text giving a portion of a ‘peret kherew’ offering formula. The surface is rough and worn.
a-Corner fragment with 3 finished surfaces;
b-Corner fragment with 4 finished surfaces.
The stone is black granodiorite, the break areas look almost melted (often with large pink feldspar veins or inclusions). GD4.


From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K III 2(1)a. 1914: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

(Accession date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition