Hathor-headed crystal pendant

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


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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

21.321

Medium or Technique

Gold, rock crystal

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

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.

Provenance

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