In ancient times, a series of powerful Nubian kingdoms flourished along the Nile Valley to the south of Egypt. As a result of decades of excavation in the early 20th century, the MFA houses the largest, most important collection of ancient Nubian art outside Sudan, spanning more than 4000 years. While viewing masterpieces from the collection, learn what these artworks can tell us about Nubian culture, religion, kingship, society, economy, and beliefs about the afterlife.

Lawrence Berman is the author of Unearthing Ancient Nubia, which tells the story of George Reisner, director of the Harvard—MFA Expedition in Egypt and Sudan and a pioneer in the use of photography to record every stage and every facet of archaeological fieldwork. Specially trained Egyptian photographers were an integral part of the team and documented the excavations with thousands of images. The best of these photographs bring to life the dramatic landscapes of the Nile Valley, the excitement of archaeological discovery, and the artistry of the photographers who recorded it all.

Lawrence Berman, Norma Jean Calderwood Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art
Denise Doxey, curator, Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art


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