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Amulet of Amen

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka–Shebitka
712–690 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg.), W 486

Dimensions

Height: 1.1 cm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

23-3-109

Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This small 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 seated human male with a ram’s head, topped by a solar disk. Such amulets were believed to offer the wearer some of the benefits of Amen’s power.

Provenance

From Meroe, Beg. W. 486. March, 1923: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition