User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Amulet of a winged goddess

Start collecting

Amulets like this one were found in the burials of early Napatan queens. Made of green glazed faience, this amulet portrays a winged, lion-headed goddess crowned with a solar disc and uraeus cobra. Another uraeus appears on each of her shoulders. On the reverse is a papyrus flower column beneath...

Show Full Description

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. (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: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.2 cm (3 7/16 x 2 5/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

24.707

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets