Lower section of an inscribed seated figure

Middle Kingdom
2040–1640 B.C.

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


Overall: 21.7 x 11.5 x 21.6 cm (8 9/16 x 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.) Overall: b) 12.3 x 11.5 x 7.6 cm (4 13/16 x 4 1/2 x 3 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This is one of two fitting fragments of a small seated figure. This fragment is the back and part of the sides of the base and has three lines of inscribed text. It joins 20.1187a which is preserved from the waist down, including both forearms and hands on the knees. The figure wears a shendyt kilt, and the throne is inscribed on both sides. The legs and seat are much battered. The stone is black serpentinite with a pure black, shiny, almost slippery surface.


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. It joins 20.1187a.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition