Bridle ornament

Nubian
Meroitic Period, reign of Amanikhatashan
A.D. 62–85


Findspot: (Sudan), Nubia, Meroe, Pyramid Beg. N. 18 (Queen Amanikhatashan?)

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.1057

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition