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Bridle ornament

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This silver plaque is decorated with a striding figure of a deity in repoussé relief with a bow and upraised arm, (a characteristically war-like pose), crowned with a solar disc and horns. It was once sewn on an elaborate bridle for a royal horse.


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


Height: 4.8 cm

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related