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Amulet of Bastet or Sekhmet

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Amulet, standing female deity with head of cat or lioness, left foot advanced, right arm straight down at side; left hand holds small square plaque with wedjat eye against breast; green body paste; surface stained red from earth. Insertion on back. Ears and front part of base missing.


From Meroe (Beg. South), Pyramid 103. 192: 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, 435–431 B.C.


Meroe (Beg.), Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 7.6cm (3in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets