Winged goddess pectoral
Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, el-Kurru, Ku 52
Overall: 9 x 6 x 1.4 cm (3 9/16 x 2 3/8 x 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Amulets like this one were found in the burials of early Napatan queens. Made of blue-green glazed faience, they depict a nude, winged, goddess crowned with a sun disc, uraeus and feathers. The wings bend sharply downward, and on each arm is a uraeus crowned with horns and a sun disc. The identity of he goddess is uncertain. A hieroglyphic inscription runs down the back.
From el-Kurru, Ku 52 (tomb of Queen Nefrukekashta). 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: January 1, 1924)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition