Amulet fragments of Amen-Re as a ram

Nubian
Napatan Period


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Gebel Barkal, B704

Dimensions

Length: 3.9 cm (1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

16-3-215

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Amulets of rams’ heads topped by a solar disk and uraeus are thought to represent the god Amen-Re in his ram form. Amen-Re was Egypt’s supreme deity in the New Kingdom and later, and was among the most important deities in Napatan and Meroitic Nubia. Flat-backed amulets of the god in ram form were especially popular in Nubia. This one is fragmentary.

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal B704. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition