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Criosphinx on a column

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Amulet in the form of a criosphinx (a lion's body with ram's head and wings) sitting atop a pillar with a palm capital. The creature is a form of the god Amun of Gebel Barkal. A metallic projection on head for attaching headdress is now missing.


From el-Kurru: tomb Ku 55 (an unnamed queen of King Piankhy). 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: March 1, 1919)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Piye (Piankhy), 743–712 B.C.


El-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width x length: 7.2 x 1.8 x 1 cm (2 13/16 x 11/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilt silver; peridotite


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets