Winged Isis pectoral

Napatan Period, reign of Amaninatakelebte
538–519 B.C.

Findspot: Nuri, Sudan (Nubia)


Height x length: 6.9 x 17 cm (2 11/16 x 6 11/16 in.)

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


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Pectorals

Chased gold pectoral representing the winged goddess Isis, shown kneeling with wings outstretched. In her right hand, she holds an ankh, the symbol for “life”; in her left hand she holds what may be the hieroglyph for a sail, the symbol for the breath of life. On her head is a throne, the hierogyph for her name.


From Nuri, pyramid 10 (tomb of Amaninatakelebte). 1916: excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the division of finds with the government of Sudan. (Accession date: March 1, 1920)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition