Ear stud with kneeling Hathor

Meroitic Period
A.D. 30–170

Findspot: Sudan, Nubia, Meroe, Tomb Beg. W 127


Diameter: 4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, enamel

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

Gold ear stud incised with Hathor. The kneeling winged goddess wears a feathered garment that leaves the torso exposed. The breasts are supported by her hands, and the double crown surmounts the vulture diadem. As on the stele of Amanikhabale (cat. 290), a bundle of plants(?) behind the goddess reaches up to the crown. The reverse bears a mirror-image representation. The decoration of the rim is identical to the stud in cat. 373. (Sudan catalogue)


From Meroe, Beg. W 127. 1922: 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: February 1, 1922)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition