Criosphinx on a column

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

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), El-Kurru, Tomb 55


Height x width x length: 7.2 x 1.8 x 1 cm (2 13/16 x 11/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilt silver; peridotite

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Amulet in the form of a criosphinx (a lion’s body with ram’s head and wings) sitting atop a pillar with a palm capital. The creature is a form of the god Amun of Gebel Barkal. A metallic projection on head for attaching headdress is now missing.


From el-Kurru, Ku 55 (a queen of King Piankhy). 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: March 1, 1919)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition