Amulet of a winged goddess

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
747–716 B.C.


Findspot: Sudan, Nubia

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 6.6 x 3.9 x 1.2 cm (2 5/8 x 1 9/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

24.698

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Amulets like this one were found in the burials of early Napatan queens. Made of blue-green glazed faience, they depict a nude, winged, goddess crowned with a sun disc and uraeus. The wings bend sharply downward, and on each arm is a uraeus crowned with horns and a sun disc. The identity of he goddess is uncertain.

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