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Amulet of Amen-Re as a ram

Nubian
Meroitic Period
About A.D. 85–170


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. West), Pyr. 150

Dimensions

Overall: 1.8 x 1.1 x 0.6cm (11/16 x 7/16 x 3/16in.)

Accession Number

22-2-540a

Medium or Technique

Faience

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 is well made of bright green, strongly glazed faience. There is a hole through the neck for stringing.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. West), Pyr. 150. 1921: 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