Double-feather amulet

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa
690–664 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia(Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 1 (Tomb of Taharqa)

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 8.5 x 4.4 x 0.8 cm (3 3/8 x 1 3/4 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.247

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony (black onyx)

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

A symbol of power, this amulet represents a pair of falcon feathers. The Egyptian term for such an amulet is “shuty”.

Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 1 (tomb of Taharqa). 1917: 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