Amulet of Amen
Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka–Shebitka
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg.), W 486
Height: 1.1 cm (7/16 in.)
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This small 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 seated human male with a ram’s head, topped by a solar disk. Such amulets were believed to offer the wearer some of the benefits of Amen’s power.
From Meroe, Beg. W. 486. March, 1923: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition