Sculpture fragment, feather pattern


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, South side of 804


Other (Largest): 20.5 x 18.3 x 6.7 cm (8 1/16 x 7 3/16 x 2 5/8 in.) Other (Smallest): 9.8 x 10.1 x 4.8 cm (3 7/8 x 4 x 1 7/8 in.) Other (Medium): 8.8 x 7.6 x 5.4 cm (3 7/16 x 3 x 2 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black granodiorite

Not On View


The Ancient World



One fragment of highly polished black granodiorite. Appears to be long wing feathers of large scale sculpture. Largest fragment has two joining, worked surfaces forming an edge, roughly at a right angle, with six bands creating feather pattern. See Documentation for other bird related fragments of black granite.


From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, south side of 804. 1916: 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