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Amulet of Amen

This small 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 seated human male with a ram's head, topped by a solar disk. Such amulets were believed to offer the wearer some of the...

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Provenance

From Meroe, Beg. W. 486. March, 1923: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka–Shebitka, 712–690 B.C.

Findspot

Meroe (Beg.), Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height: 1.1 cm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

23-3-109

Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets