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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, falcon-headed human male, wearing a kilt and a tall, feathered headdress. Such amulets were believed to...

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Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Object Place

Nubia, Sudan

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets