Ram's head pendant

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Malonaqen
555–542 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia(Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 5 (Tomb of Malonaqen)

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 2 x 1.4 x 0.7 cm (13/16 x 9/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.268

Medium or Technique

Amazonite (green feldspar, microcline)

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Pendants

The ram’s head was an emblem of the god Amun. Here, the god apears wearing a sun disk with the double uraeus (protective cobra) characteristic of Nubian royal headgear. The pendant has a loop for suspension on the back.

Provenance

From Nuri, the tomb of Malanaqan (Pyramid 5). 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