Shrine-shaped pectoral

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


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 51 (tomb of a queen of Pianky)

Dimensions

Overall: 11.8 x 12.5 x 1 cm (4 5/8 x 4 15/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.304

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Pectorals

This two-sided amulet takes the form of a small shrine. On the obverse Amun is shown seated between two deities. On the reverse is the fertility god Bes, a crocodile and other magical figures. Two suspension rings are at the top of the pectoral.

Provenance

From el-Kurru, Ku 51 (tomb of an unidentified queen). 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