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Amulet of Isis and Horus

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Made of blue glazed faience, this amulet portrays the goddess Isis seated and nursing her infant son Horus. Isis was originally crowned with a solar disk, uraeus and horns, now damaged. There was a suspension ring on the back of the head.

Provenance

From El-Kurru, pyramid 53 (tomb of queen Tabiry). 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: January 1, 1924)

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

Height x width x depth: 5.7 x 2.1 x 3 cm (2 1/4 x 13/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.658

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets