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Eight large gold elements of which seven depict human heads crowned with feathers and one a squatting female figure holding a feather and crowned with vulture and double crown. Two of these elements are thought to represent Hathor and Maat. Burials in Meroe were richly supplied with jewelry....

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From Meroe. 1921: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan; 1924: received by the MFA.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period,


Begrawiya, Nubia, Sudan


Legacy dimension: L 0.090

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Necklaces, Neck Bands