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Arts of Ancient Nubia: MFA Highlights

Ancient Nubia was home to a series of civilizations between the sixth millennium BCE and 35 CE that produced towering monuments, including more pyramids than in neighboring Egypt, and artifacts of enduring beauty and significance. Nubia's trade network reached across the Mediterranean and far into Africa. At the time that Nubian kings conquered Egypt, in the middle of the eighth century BCE, they controlled one of the largest empires of the ancient world.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has the most extensive and important collection of ancient Nubian art outside of Khartoum, mostly gathered during the pioneering Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition in the first half of the 20th century. The objects highlighted in this volume include refined early ceramics, monumental statues and relief carvings made for royal pyramids, exquisite gold and enamel jewelry, playful decorations for furniture and clothing, and luxury goods traded from around the Mediterranean world.

The exhibition Nubia: Jewels of Ancient Sudan From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa from October 12, 2022 to April 3, 2023.

- Denise Doxey
- 168 pages
- 7 inches W x 9 inches L
- Paperback
- MFA Publications
- 2018
- Art History
- Item #: 978-0878468539