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Miniature situla

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Model situla with two pierced handles on the rim and a hole bored through the neck for suspension. This pendant, belonging to the wife of King Piye, had amuletic properties.


From el-Kurru: tomb Ku 53 (tomb of Queen Tabiry). 1919: Excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by 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), 747–716 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Nubia (Sudan)


Height x diameter: 3.5 x 2.4 cm (1 3/8 x 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Amethystine quartz


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets