Steatite object

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

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid IV (Queen Khensa)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Steatite or faience

Not On View


The Ancient World


Function unknown

Three fragments of a circular object (ring?) with a flat top. There are incised hieroglyphs, painted green, along the flat top and the sides of the band. A hand is carved on one fragment.


From el-Kurru, pyramid IV (Queen Khensa). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition