Amulet of a winged goddess

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of an unidentified ruler


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. South, hilltop, surface debris

Dimensions

Overall: 2.7 x 1.3 cm (1 1/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

21.12125

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Amulets like this one were found in a number of Nubian royal burials. Made of whitish glazed faience, theis example depicted 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. Only the bottom half of this one remains.

Provenance

From Meroe, Beg. South, hilltop, surface debris. 1921: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition