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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-green glazed faience, they depict a nude, winged, goddess crowned with a sun disc and uraeus. The wings bend sharply downward, and on each arm is a uraeus crowned with horns and a sun disc. The identity of he...

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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Piye (Piankhy), 747–716 B.C.

Findspot

Nubia, Sudan

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 6.6 x 3.9 x 1.2 cm (2 5/8 x 1 9/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

24.698

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets