Amulet of a ram-headed aegis

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


Findspot: Nubia(Sudan), El-Kurru, Ku 53

Dimensions

Height: 7.3 cm (2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

24.709

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This blue glazed faience amulet takes the form of an aegis, or animal’s head atop a semicircular collar. In this case the aegis bears a ram’s head crowned with a solar disc and uraeus. Rams with these attributes are representative of the supreme god Amen-Re, originally an Egyptian deity who became one of the most important gods in the Nubian pantheon. There is an incised inscription on the column at the back and a suspension hole through the base of the disc. The amulet had been broken and mended, and a fragment of the collar is missing.

Provenance

From el-Kurru, Ku. 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