Amulet of Amen
Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka–Tanwetamani
Findspot: Sudan, Meroe
Height: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This tiny silver amulet represents Amen, the god of Thebes who became Egypt’s supreme deity and one of the most important deities of Napatan and Meroitic Nubia. He is shown as a standing human male, wearing a kilt and a tall, feathered headdress. Such amulets were believed to offer the wearer some of the benefits of Amen’s power. The upper part of the crown is broken off but has survived.
From Meroe: W 832, No.4 [Excav. date] March 9, 1923. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition