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Amulet of a recumbent ram

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This silver amulet represents a recumbent, possibly mummified, ram. The fleece is rendered with incision in a conventionalized patter. There is no suspension ring on the back. A timy gold bead is now adhered to the ram.


From Meroe, Beg. W. 179. February, 1922: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, About A.D. 155–320

Object Place

Nubia, Sudan


Overall: 0.3 x 0.2 x 0.1 x 2.3(original) cm (1/8 x 1/16 x 1/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets