Amulet of a ram-headed Pataikos

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


Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, el-Kurru, tomb 4

Dimensions

Height x width: 8.5 x 4.2 cm (3 3/8 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

24.681

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This blue glazed faience amulet represents a nude, round-bellied, ram headed human figure grasping a pair of knives. On his shoulders are a pair of uraeus serpents and a dog-headed baboon stands beside each knee. He wears a headdress of horns, feathers, and three uraeae. On the reverse in relief is a winged lion-headed female figure. Amulets of this type were worn for protection.

Provenance

From el-Kurru, Ku. 51 (tomb of an unidentified queen of Piankhy). 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition