Hathor-headed crystal pendant

Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
743–712 B.C.

Findspot: Sudan (Nubia), el-Kurru, Ku. 55


Overall: 5.3 x 3.3 cm (2 1/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, rock crystal

On View

Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery (Gallery 104)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants

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