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Amulet of a ram-headed Pataikos

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This blue glazed faience amulet represents a nude, round-bellied, ram headed human figure grasping a pair of knives. On his shoulders are a pair of uraeus serpents and a dog-headed baboon stands beside each knee. He wears a headdress of horns, feathers, and three uraeae. On the reverse in relief...

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Provenance

From el-Kurru, pyramid 51 (unidentified queen of Piankhy). 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia, Sudan

Dimensions

Height x width: 8.5 x 4.2 cm (3 3/8 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

24.681

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets