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Amulet of Isis and Horus

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This blue glazed faience amulet shows the goddess Isis suckling her infant son Horus. She is seated and wearing a narrow sheath dress, and is crowned with horns and a solar disc. A suspension ring at back of crown enabled the amulet to be strung. It was found broken at the neck and has been mended.


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: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


el-Kurru, Nubia(Sudan)


Height x width x depth: 3.8 x 1.8 x 1.8 cm (1 1/2 x 11/16 x 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets