Amulet of Hathor nursing a queen

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

Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, el-Kurru, Ku 52


Height x width: 2 1/4 x 3/4 in. (5.7 x 1.9 cm)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



This gilded silver amulet shows the Kushite Queen Nefrukakashta being embraced and suckled by a goddess, probably Mut, the patron goddess of the royal women of the 25th Dynasty. Nefrukakashta grasps the wrist of the hand that offers the breast, while the goddess’s other arm encircles the queen’s shoulder and rests on the queen’s breast. The goddess wears the vulture headdress and a crown consisting of a diadem with bovine horns and the solar disc. The claw of the vulture touches the queen’s uraeus, and its outstretched wing caresses that of the goddess. The goddess wears a tight sheath that reveals her slenderness, while the queen’s body expresses the curvier Kushite feminine ideal.


From el-Kurru, Ku 52 (tomb of Queen Nefrukekashta). 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: March 1, 1919)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition