Bridle ornament

Nubian
Meroitic Period, reign of Amanikhastashan
A.D. 62–85


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg., Pyramid N XVIII, Tomb of Queen Amanikhatashan

Accession Number

24.1795

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

This rectangular silver plaque is adorned with the amuletic heiroglyphs “ankh”, “w’as”, and ” neb”, meaning “All life and power”. The plaque had been sewn onto the leather straps of a horse’s bridle.

Provenance

From Meroe, Pyramid Beg. N. 18 (tomb of Queen Amanikhatashan). 1921: 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: November 26, 1986)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition