Amulet of Amen

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


Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, El-Kurru

Dimensions

Overall: 11.6 cm (4 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.1087

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This blue 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. He holds a crook in his left hand and an ankh, the symbol for life, in in his right. Such amulets were believed to offer the wearer some of the benefits of Amen’s power.

Provenance

From el-Kurru, Ku 54. 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition