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STATUE OF A KING OF MEROË (No. 270)

H: 50cm. Stuccoed and gilded bronze.
Circa 200 B.C. - National Museum, Khartum.


Exhumed in 1974 by a Swiss team on the isle of Argos, this statue is proof of the vigour of Meroïtic sculpture, far removed from the mere reproduction of Egyptian models. Wearing the royal attributes (double uraeus on the headdress and necklace with heads of three rams), this unknown king is presented as a bowman, as indicated by the thumbstall on the left hand and the protective sheath on the right arm. Since the beginning of time, Nubia was known to the Egyptians as the "Land of the Bow". Here is an excellent example.


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