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Amulet of a ram-headed aegis

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This blue glazed faience amulet takes the form of an aegis, or animal's head atop a semicircular collar. In this case the aegis bears a ram's head crowned with a solar disc and uraeus. Rams with these attributes are representative of the supreme god Amen-Re, originally an Egyptian deity who...

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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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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




Height: 7.3 cm (2 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets