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Amulet of Amen

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
743–712 B.C.


Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, el-Kurru, Ku 53

Dimensions

Length: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

24.1084

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This green glazed faience 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 ram-headed human male wearing a headdress made up of the solar disk and uraeus serpent. The back pillar bears an inscription. Such amulets were believed to offer the wearer some of the benefits of Amen’s power.

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