Winged Isis pectoral

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


Findspot: Sudan (Nubia), Nuri, Pyramid 10

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

20.276

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

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

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition