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Amulet of the head of Hathor

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Amulets of the head of the fertility goddess Hathor were popular items in both Egyptian and Nubian burials. This two-sided amulet of hollow sheet gold shows the goddess with her usual attributes of a pair of horns, and heavy wig. Details are incised. On the reverse is the djed pillar, symbol of...

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Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 27 (tomb of Queen Madiken). 1918: 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, 1920).

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Anlamani, 623–593 B.C.

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 2.6 x 2 cm (1 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.375

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets