Double Hathor head earring

Meroitic Period
90 B.C.–50 A.D.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Meroe, Beg. W 5


Height: 5.8 cm (2 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, enamel

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

Gold earring. A lotus flower with enamel inlay, sits above two Hathor heads with sun discs between the horns. The Hathors are situated on a rectangular ‘base’ which contains five round circles, each containing small round balls in their centers. Attached to the base by way of four gold loops are four pendants; each with a ball and a fly suspended below. Suspension loop at top.


From Meroe, Beg. W. 5 (no. 6). 1923: 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, 1923)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition