Votive Plaque of King Tanyidamani

Egyptianca. 100 BC (Meroitic)

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

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.


  • Title: Votive Plaque of King Tanyidamani
  • Date Created: ca. 100 BC (Meroitic)
  • Physical Dimensions: w9.5 x h18.5 x d1.65 cm
  • Type: votive plaques;sculpture
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1923, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: dark red siltstone
  • Provenance: William MacGregor, Tamworth, Staffordshire; 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.
  • Place of Origin: Temple of Apedemak in Meroë, Sudan
  • ExhibitionHistory: 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
  • Artist: Egyptian

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