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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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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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


el-Kurru, Nubia, Sudan


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

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets