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Amulet of Maat

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Tanwetamani
664–653 B.C.


Object Place: Sudan

Dimensions

Height: 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.667

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

The goddess Maat personified justice, truth and proper world order. This amulet, made of gold foil with incised decoration on one side and a flat back, portrays her as a standing woman with a single feather (the hieroglyph for her name) on her head. There is a ring on the back for suspension.

Provenance

From Nuri, Pyramid 59 (tomb of queen Malaqaye). Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, February 1918; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition