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Ram's head crystal pendant

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In this unusual amulet, a gilt silver ram's head sits on a hollow octagonal crystal column. It originally inculded a cylindrical gold amulet case and base, which are now missing. The column was probably designed to hold a substance believed to have magical properties.


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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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




Height: 8.9 cm (3 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gilt silver; rock crystal


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants