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Bridle ornament

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This rectangular silver plaque is adorned with the amuletic heiroglyphs "ankh", "w'as", and " neb", meaning "All life and power". The plaque had been sewn onto the leather straps of a horse's bridle.


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: November 26, 1986)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Beg., Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)

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The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related