User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Aegis amulet

Start collecting

An aegis is a broad collar topped by the head of a deity, in this case the god Amen-Ra in the form of a ram crowned with a solar disk and uraeus. Amulets of this type were intended to offer protection to the wearer and avert potential dangers. On the reverse is a debased hieroglyphic inscription.


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.


el-Kurru, Nubia, Sudan

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets