Amulet of a winged goddess

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

Findspot: Nubia(Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 52 (Tomb of Nefrukekashta)


Height x width x depth: 9 x 5.7 x 0.5 cm (3 9/16 x 2 1/4 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Amulets like this one were found in the burials of early Napatan queens. Made of blue glazed faience, this amulet portrays a nude standing goddess with outstretched wings, crowned with a solar disc and uraeus. On each of her arms stands another uraeus crowned with a solar disk and pair of feathers. On the reverse is a vertical row of now illegible hieroglyphs. A loop on the back of the headdress allows for suspension.


From el-Kurru, Ku. 52 (tomb of Queen Nefrukekashta). 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