Amulet of Amen

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka–Tanwetamani
712–653 B.C.


Object Place: Sudan, Nubia

Dimensions

Height: 2.5 cm (1 in.)

Accession Number

23.839

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This tiny silver amulet represents Amen, the god of Thebes who became Egypt’s supreme deity and one of the most important deities of Napatan and Meroitic Nubia. He is shown as a standing, falcon-headed human male, wearing a kilt and a tall, feathered headdress. Such amulets were believed to offer the wearer some of the benefits of Amen’s power. The upper part of the crown is broken off and missing.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition