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Hathor headed crystal pendant

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Crystal ball amulet surmounted by gold head of Hathor crowned with disc and horns. The ball is bored vertically and has a gold disc at the base on which it stands. Probably contained substances believed to be magical. Ring at back of head. Base loose.


From el-Kurru: tomb Ku 55 (unknown queen of King Piankhy (Piye). 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, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


el-Kurru, Sudan


Height x diameter: 5.4 x 3.3 cm (2 1/8 x 1 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gold, rock crystal


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants