Amulet of Maat

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


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 55

Dimensions

Height: 5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.323

Medium or Technique

Gilded silver and malachite

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

The goddess Maat personified justice, truth and proper world order. She is portrayed in amulets like this one as a seated or squatting woman with a single feather (the hieroglyph for her name) on her head. This example is made of polished malachite on a silver base with a gilt silver feather. The ring for stringing is at the back of the feather. The silver is slightly corroded.

Provenance

From el-Kurru, Ku 55 (unknown queen of King Piankhy). 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, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition