About this object

Three fragments of a sandstone relief with the representation of an enthroned royal figure (perhaps a king) holding in their right hand a sceptre, a flail and a flower bouquet. The royal figure wears the royal sash and rich jewellery that include a large stela-shaped ear pendent(s), a necklace of large beads and with pendants in the form of statuettes of deities, bracelets, a shield ring and an armlet. A tasselled cord, slung over the left shoulder, seems to be protected by a couchant animal figure, perhaps a lion. From a wall near the Temple of Amun, find spot area no. 281.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Architecture
  • Culture
    Meroitic
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date made
    200 BC - AD 100
  • Materials
    Sandstone
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Professor John Garstang, 1949
  • Collector
    John Professor Garstang
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date collected
    1910
  • Measurements
    320 mm x 490 mm x 140 mm
  • Related people
    John Burges Eustace Garstang (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • Meroe City An Ancient African Capital John Garstang’s Excavations in the Sudan Part One: Text

    Török, László

    Author: Török, László
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1997
    Description: Publication of John Garstang's 1909 - 1914 excavations at Meroe city, part of the ancient kingdom of Kush between the 7th century BC and the 4th century AD.

  • Meroë, the City of the Ethiopians: being an account of a first season's excavations on the site, 1909-1910

    Garstang, John, Sayce, A H; Griffiths, Francis L

    Author: Garstang, John, Sayce, A H; Griffiths, Francis L
    Publisher: Clarendon Press
    Date: 1911
    Description:

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