Amulet of Maat
Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 55
Height: 5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gilded silver and malachite
Not On View
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.
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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition