Amulet of Ra and Amen

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

Findspot: Nubia(Sudan), El-Kurru, Ku 53

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



This blue glazed faience amulet depicts the gods Ra and Amen in high relief. The falcon-headed Ra, wearng his characteristic crown of a solar disk and uraeus cobra is on the proper right side, while Amen, in his tall, feathered headdress is on the proper left. Between them are traces of an incised hieroglyphic inscription. The reverse bears a debased inscription in relief. On the base is a uraeus in sunk relief.


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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition