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This circular medallion of silver is fashioned as a lion's head in high repoussé relief. It is pierced with seven (originally nine) holes for attachment to a flat base. It is now somewhat corroded. The lion likely represents Apedemak, the lion-headed Meriotic god of war. See also objects...

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From Meroe, Pyramid Beg. N. 18 (tomb of Queen Amanikhatashan). 1921: 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: March 23, 1924)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, reign of Amanikhatashan, A.D. 62–85


Meroe, Nubia, (Sudan)


Diameter: 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related