Statue of King Senkamanisken

Napatan Period, reign of Senkamanisken
643–623 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, B 500 Trench A ; B 800 room 904


Height x width: 147.8 x 50.1 cm (58 3/16 x 19 3/4 in.) 272 KG or 600 LBS

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Granite gneiss

Not On View


The Ancient World



Standing statue of Senkamanisken with the left foot striding forward and arms at his sides, with the fists clenched. Inscription in column at back. Crown, kilt, sandals and ornaments were originally covered in gold sheet.


From Gebel Barkal: head from Great Temple of Amen, cache of royal staues north of First Pylon, Temple B 500 A; body from temple B 800 room 904. 1916: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession date: August 1, 1923)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition