Hathor-headed crystal pendant

Crystal ball amulet surmounted by gold head of Hathor crowned with disc and horns. The ball is bored vertically and has a gold disc at the base on which it stands. Probably contained substances believed to be magical. Ring at back of head. Base loose.


From el-Kurru, Ku 55 (unknown queen of King Piankhy). 1919: 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, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Hathor-headed crystal pendant

  • Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye), 743–712 B.C.
el-Kurru, Sudan (Nubia)
Height x diameter: 5.4 x 3.3 cm (2 1/8 x 1 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold, rock crystal
Jewelry / Adornment
Accession Number
On view
Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery (Jewelry) - 104