Amulet of Isis and Horus

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


Findspot: Nubia(Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 52 (tomb of Queen Nefrukekashta)

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 3.8 x 1.8 x 1.8 cm (1 1/2 x 11/16 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.584

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This blue glazed faience amulet shows the goddess Isis suckling her infant son Horus. She is seated and wearing a narrow sheath dress, and is crowned with horns and a solar disc. A suspension ring at back of crown enabled the amulet to be strung. It was found broken at the neck and has been mended.

Provenance

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: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition