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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 standing, lion-headed goddess with outstretched wings. She stands facing the right, wearing a sheath dress, long wig, and crown topped with a solar disc and uraeus. On...

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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. (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: 8.9 x 5.2 x 0.6 cm (3 1/2 x 2 1/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

24.627

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets