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Amulet of a winged scarab

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Made of pale blue glazed faience, this large amulet shows a four-winged scarab with disc between hind legs. There are two suspension rings atthe top.


From El-Kurru, Pyramid 51 (tomb of an 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.


El-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width: 7.6 x 6.2 cm (3 x 2 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids