Amulet of a winged goddess
Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, ku 52 (Tomb of Nefrukekashta)
Height: 10.1 cm (4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Amulets like this one were found in the burials of early Napatan queens. Made of blue glazed faience, this amulet portrays a standing, lion-headed goddess with outstretched wings. She stands facing the right, wearing a sheath dress, long wig, and crown topped with a solar disc and uraeus. On each of her arms stands a rearing uraeus cobra wearing a royal crown.
From el-Kurru, Ku. 52 (tomb of Queen Nefrukekashta). 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