Sarcophagus inlays

Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa
690–664 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid I, inside door-block

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Medium or Technique

Amazonite, slate, lapis lazuli, gray stone

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The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

Approximately fifty-three feather inlays of amazonite; twenty-three rectangular, slate inlays; and numerous rectangular inlays of lapis lazuli and gray stone. All from the sarcophagus of Taharqa.


From Nuri, pyramid 1 (tomb of Taharqa). 1917: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition