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Amulet of Hathor nursing a queen

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This gilded silver amulet shows the Kushite Queen Nefrukakashta being embraced and suckled by a goddess, probably Mut, the patron goddess of the royal women of the 25th Dynasty. Nefrukakashta grasps the wrist of the hand that offers the breast, while the goddess's other arm encircles the queen's...

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Provenance

From el-Kurru: pyramid 52 (tomb of Queen Nefrukekashta). 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: March 1, 1919)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia, Sudan

Dimensions

5.1 x 1.8 cm (2 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.928

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets