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Double ba bird amulet

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The ancient Nubians, like the Egyptians, believed that the dead would continue to exist after death in a number of different forms. The ba, a mobile, energetic life force that was believed to able to travel to and from the world of the living, was portrayed either as a human-headed bird or a...

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From Meroe (Beg. W) 609, No.14. 1923: 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa, 690–664 B.C.


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)


Height: 3.3 cm (1 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets