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Amulet of Isis and Horus

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Made of pale blue glazed faience, this amulet represents the goddess Isis and supporting in her left hand the child god Horus on a pedestal. Isis is crowned with ring of uraei above which are horns and a solar disc.


From el-Kurru, pyramid 51 (tomb of an unidentified queen). 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: 8.8 x 3 x 2.8 cm (3 7/16 x 1 3/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets