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Amulet of Re-Horakhty

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This intricate openwork amulet represents one of several falcon-headed deities worshipped in Egypt and Nubia, probably Ra-Horakhty. The amulet is in the form of a plaque showing the god seated and holding an ankh, the hieroglyphic symbol for life. He wears an elaborate headdress consisting of a...

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From el-Kurru, pyramid 52 (tomb of Queen Nefrukekashta). 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.


el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width: 9.2 x 5.3 cm (3 5/8 x 2 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets