Sudan, Egypt and Nubia (Room 65)

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Gallery

Ancient Nubia, the Nile Valley upstream of the First Cataract, now straddles the border between Egypt and Sudan. Rich and vibrant cultures developed in this region at the same time as Pharaonic Egypt. Among them was the earliest sub-Saharan urban culture in Africa, which was based at Kerma.

These cultures traded extensively with Egypt and for two brief periods Nubian kingdoms dominated their northern neighbour.

The objects on display in Room 65 illustrate these indigenous pagan, Christian and Islamic cultures and the interaction between Nubia and Egypt.