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Amulet of Khnum or Harsaphes (Heryshef)

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This rather schematically rendered amulet of pale blue glazed faience depicts a ram-headed male deity standing and walking forward. Egypt, and later Nubia, had multiple ram gods and it is often difficult to identify which one is intended. This god may therefoe be Khnum, the patron deity of...

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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

Nubia(Sudan)

Dimensions

Height: 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

24.580

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets