Meroitic Period, reign of Amanikhatashan
Findspot: (Sudan), Nubia, Meroe, Pyramid Beg. N. 18 (Queen Amanikhatashan?)
Diameter: 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This circular medallion of silver is fashioned as a lion’s head in high repoussé relief. It is pierced with seven (originally nine) holes for attachment to a flat base. It is now somewhat corroded. The lion likely represents Apedemak, the lion-headed Meriotic god of war. See also objects 24.1058-1064.
From Meroe, Pyramid Beg. N. 18 (tomb of Queen Amanikhatashan). 1921: 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 23, 1924)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition