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Pendant with ram-headed sphinx

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Large amulet of a ram-headed lion sitting on column, with red, green, and blue glass inlays in cloisons of gilt silver. Sphinx lacks one horn, and suspension ring.


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: 9 cm (3 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gilt silver; lapis lazuli, and glass


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Pectorals