Ear stud with kneeling Hathor

Nubian
Meroitic Period
A.D. 30–170


Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, Meroe, Tomb Beg. W 127

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

24.489

Medium or Technique

Gold, enamel

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

Gold ear stud incised with Hathor. The kneeling winged goddess wears a feathered garment that leaves the torso exposed. The breasts are supported by her hands, and the double crown surmounts the vulture diadem. As on the stele of Amanikhabale (cat. 290), a bundle of plants(?) behind the goddess reaches up to the crown. The reverse bears a mirror-image representation. The decoration of the rim is identical to the stud in cat. 373. (Sudan catalogue)

Provenance

From Meroe, Beg. W 127. 1922: 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: February 1, 1922)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition