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Amulet of a winged goddess

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Amulets like this one were found in the burials of early Napatan queens. Made of blue glazed faience, this amulet portrays a nude standing goddess with outstretched wings. Originally she would have been crowned with a solar disc and uraeus, but the head is now missing. On each of her arms once...

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Provenance

From el-Kurru, pyramid 51 (tomb of an unidentified queen) 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)

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 x depth: 7.8 x 5 cm (3 1/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.654

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets