The art of Sudan

Kush was the most powerful state in the Nile valley around 1700 B.C.E.

c. 2500 B.C.E.–600 C.E.

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King Piye and the Kushite control of Egypt
King Piye and the Kushite control of Egypt

King Piye was the first major ruler in Egypt of the Kushite Dynasty (referred to as the Twenty-fifth Dynasty)

Meroitic period of the Kingdom of Kush
Meroitic period of the Kingdom of Kush

Throughout the Meroitic period Egyptian elements introduced into Kushite royal burial practices under the early Napatan kings were retained and reinterpreted

Medieval Nubian Kingdoms, an introduction
Medieval Nubian Kingdoms, an introduction

Between 500 and 600 C.E., the rulers of three Nubian medieval kingdoms, Nobatia, Makuria and Alwa, governed the Nile valley from the first cataract to just south of modern Khartoum in Sudan—and eventually became Christian

Ancient Nubia and the Kingdom of Kush, an introduction
Ancient Nubia and the Kingdom of Kush, an introduction

Sudan is home to the oldest sub-Saharan African kingdom, the kingdom of Kush.

Head of Augustus at Meroë
Head of Augustus at Meroë

This head of Augustus was found at Meroe, buried in front of the steps of a Kushite temple, possibly dedicated to Victory.

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