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Bes amulet

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Blue glazed faience. Head of Bes. Two suspension rings at top. Hole through each ear, and three holes at base. Reverse incised two standing figures, one hawk-headed.

Provenance

From el-Kurru, pyramid 52 (tomb of Queen Nefrukekashta). 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: 7.9 x 8.8 cm (3 1/8 x 3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.674

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets