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Winged scarab pectoral

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This amulet of blue glazed faience depicts a four-winged scarab with a rosette held between its hind legs. On the reverse is an incised cartouche between wedjats. Two suspension rings at top enabled it to be strung on a necklace.


From El-Kurru: pyramid 53 (tomb of queen Tabiry). 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 x width x depth: 8.1 x 7.3 x 0.7 cm (3 3/16 x 2 7/8 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids