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Votive Plaque of King Tanyidamani
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Votive Plaque of King Tanyidamani

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Description The fragment, discovered in the lion temple at Meroë, capital of the Meroitic Kingdom, was part of a commemorative monument to King Tanyidamani. One side depicts the ruler in royal costume with ram's-head earrings, an Egyptian crown, and a scepter in his hand. An image of the lion-headed war- and fertility-god Apedemak appears on the other side. The deity holds a bundle of sorghum and a scepter topped with a small seated lion. The inscriptions are in Meroitic script and name the king and the god.
Date Description Narrative
9/15/1976Treatmenttechnical study; cleaned; loss compensation; re-housed
1/05/1980Treatmentexamined for loan
5/10/1995Loan Considerationexamined for loan
4/26/1996Loan Considerationexamined for loan
11/23/1999Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; coated
  • Africa in Antiquity: The Arts of Ancient Nubia and the Sudan. Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; The Hague Municipal Museum, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague. 1978-1979.
  • Africa: The Art of a Continent. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. 1996.
  • Egypt in Africa. Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis. 1996.
Provenance Excavated by John Garstang, 1909-1910, in the Temple of Apedemak, Meroe; William MacGregor, Tamworth, Staffordshire, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, June 26-29 and July 4-6, 1922, no. 469; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris, 1922, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1923, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1923

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mid 2nd century BCE (Meroitic)
dark red siltstone
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7 5/16 x 3 3/4 x 5/8 in. (18.5 x 9.5 x 1.7 cm)


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