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Shrine-shaped pectoral

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This two-sided amulet takes the form of a small shrine. On the obverse Amun is shown seated between two deities. On the reverse is the fertility god Bes, a crocodile and other magical figures. Two suspension rings are at the top of the pectoral.


From el-Kurru: tomb 51 (tomb of an unidentified queen). 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, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width x depth: 11.8 x 12.5 x 0.7cm (4 5/8 x 4 15/16 x 1/4in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Pectorals