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Amulet of Amen

This tiny silver amulet represents Amen, the god of Thebes who became Egypt's supreme deity and one of the most important deities of Napatan and Meroitic Nubia. He is shown as a standing human male, wearing a kilt and a tall, feathered headdress. Such amulets were believed to offer the wearer...

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Provenance

From Meroe: W 832, No.4 [Excav. date] March 9, 1923. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka–Tanwetamani, 712–653 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Findspot

Meroe, Sudan

Accession Number

23.838

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets