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Winged Isis pectoral

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Chased gold pectoral representing the winged goddess Isis, shown kneeling with wings outstretched. In her right hand, she holds an ankh, the symbol for "life"; in her left hand she holds what may be the hieroglyph for a sail, the symbol for the breath of life. On her head is a throne, the...

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Provenance

From Nuri: pyramid 10 (tomb of Amani-natake-lebte). 1916: Excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the division of finds with the government of Sudan. (Accession date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Amani-natake-lebte, 538–519 B.C.

Findspot

Nuri, Sudan

Dimensions

Width: 16.8 cm (6 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.276

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pectorals