Royal head of statue with double crown


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, B501, 1.5m. W of & betw. lines N & S, crtn walls


Other: 28 x 17.2 x 18.3 cm (11 x 6 3/4 x 7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black grano-diorite

Not On View


The Ancient World



This is the head of a royal statue wearing the red crown and about one-half of the white crown. The uraeus is partly broken away and the left ear is slightly chipped. The top of the right eye and the outer edge of the left eye are present, but the rest of the face is missing. It is black granodiorite with a fine high polish. It was described as a “First class work”. Dunham says it may be the head of the seated figure MFA 23.737, Thutmose III, “not in Boston”, Dunham Barkal, P. 17.


From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, B501, 0.5m. W of and between lines of N & S, curtain walls. 1920: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition