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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, lion-headed 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...

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Provenance

From el-Kurru, pyramid 51 (unidentified queen of Piankhy). 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.

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: 8.5 x 6.2 cm

Accession Number

24.616

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets