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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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Beg., Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number

24.1795

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Animal-related