Winged scarab pendant

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


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

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 6.2 x 4.2 x 0.6 cm (2 7/16 x 1 5/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

24.705

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 and fore legs. The scarab is framed by a rectangular border to form a plaque. 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: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition