Tribute from Nubia

A bigger picture

Egypt’s relationship with its southern neighbour, Nubia, was a complex one. Egypt wanted the wealth of Nubia’s gold mines and control of the African trade that passed through it. For long periods, Nubia was occupied by Egypt and governed by a viceroy on behalf of the Egyptian king. However, a family of Nubian rulers eventually turned the tables and took control of Egypt, ruling as the 25th Dynasty (about 747 656 BC). This selection of objects illustrates those relationships.

Plaque made from Nubian gold


The plaque was found at Byblos in Lebanon.

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This stool is made of ebony and ivory imported from Nubia.

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Made of jasper imported from Nubia.

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Sandstone stela of Amenhotep III


The stela commemorates a military campaign in Nubia led by Merymose, the viceroy of Nubia.

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Sphinx of Taharqo


The last Nubian ruler of Egypt: BBC History of the world in 100 objects – listen to the programme or read the transcript.

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Shabti of Taharqo

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Tribute from Nubia