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Amulet in the form of a seated sphinx

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Blue glazed faience figure of sphinx with human head. Hair black, falling in four cruciform locks. Suspension ring on shoulders.


From el-Kurru: tomb Ku 51 (unknown queen of King Piankhy). 1919: Excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by 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.

Object Place for Label


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets