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Amulet of Amen

This green glazed faience 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 ram-headed human male wearing a headdress made up of the solar disk and uraeus serpent. The back pillar bears...

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Provenance

From el-Kurru, pyramid 53 (tomb of Queen Tabiry). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession date: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Piye (Piankhy), 743–712 B.C.

Findspot

Nubia, Sudan

Accession Number

24.1084

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets