Bridle ornament

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


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

Dimensions

Height: 4.8 cm

Accession Number

24.1059

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

This silver plaque is decorated with a striding figure of a deity in repoussé relief with a bow and upraised arm, (a characteristically war-like pose), crowned with a solar disc and horns. It was once sewn on an elaborate bridle for a royal horse.

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