Inscribed torso of a standing male

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K IV room B upper debris


Overall: 26.9 x 12.8 x 13.8 cm (10 9/16 x 5 1/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment includes the chest to knees of a standing figure of a man in a long kilt. The back pillar has a vertical inscription. The arms extend at the sides and the left hand is missing. The stone is black granodiorite, the break areas look almost melted (often with large pink feldspar veins or inclusions). GD4. In this fragment there are no obvious pink feldspar veins or inclusions.


From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K IV room B upper debris. 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan. 1920: received by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition