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Amulet of Maat

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The goddess Maat personified justice, truth and proper world order. She is portrayed in amulets like this one as a seated or squatting woman with a single feather (the hieroglyph for her name) on her head. This example is made of polished malachite on a silver base with a gilt silver feather....

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Provenance

From el-Kurru: tomb Ku 55 (unknown queen of King Piankhy [Piye]). 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: March 1, 1921)

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: 5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.323

Medium or Technique

Gilt silver; malachite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets