Amulet of Amen-Re as a ram

Nubian
Napatan Period


Object Place: Egypt

Dimensions

Length: 2.5 cm (1 in.)

Accession Number

29.1159

Medium or Technique

Steatite

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Amulets of rams’ heads topped by a solar disk and uraeus are thought to represent the god Amen-Re in his ram form. Amen-Re was Egypt’s supreme deity in the New Kingdom and later, and was among the most important deities in Napatan and Meroitic Nubia. Flat-backed amulets of the god in ram form were especially popular in Nubia. This example has the double uraeus chracteristic of Napatan kings of Nubia.

Provenance

From Semna, January, 1928: 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