Amulet of a winged goddess
Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
Findspot: Nubia(Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 51
Height x width x depth: 7.8 x 5 cm (3 1/16 x 1 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
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Amulets like this one were found in the burials of early Napatan queens. Made of blue glazed faience, this amulet portrays a nude standing goddess with outstretched wings. Originally she would have been crowned with a solar disc and uraeus, but the head is now missing. On each of her arms once stood another uraeus crowned with a solar disk. The uraei are now broken off but complete. On the reverse is an inscription with the hieroglyphs “neb” and “Ankh”.
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.
(Accession date: January 1, 1924)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition