Winged scarab amulet

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


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 53 (tomb of queen Tabiry)

Dimensions

Overall: 8.1 x 7.4 x 0.9 cm (3 3/16 x 2 15/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

24.713

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Pectorals

This amulet of blue glazed faience depicts a four-winged scarab with a rosette held between its hind legs. On the reverse is an incised cartouche between wedjats. Two suspension rings at top enabled it to be strung on a necklace.

Provenance

From el-Kurru, Ku 53 (tomb of queen Tabiry). 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, 1919)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition