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Winged scarab pendant

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This amulet of blue glazed faience depicts a four-winged scarab with a rosette held between its hind and fore legs. The scarab is framed by a rectangular border to form a plaque. 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: January 1, 1924)

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: 6.2 x 4.2 x 0.6 cm (2 7/16 x 1 5/8 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids