Amulet of the head of Hathor

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Anlamani
623–593 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 27

Dimensions

Overall: 2.6 x 2 cm (1 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.375

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Amulets of the head of the fertility goddess Hathor were popular items in both Egyptian and Nubian burials. This two-sided amulet of hollow sheet gold shows the goddess with her usual attributes of a pair of horns, and heavy wig. Details are incised. On the reverse is the djed pillar, symbol of stabililty, and a hoop for suspension.

Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 27 (tomb of Queen Madiken). 1918: 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, 1920).

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition