Hathor-headed pectoral

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

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 51 (tomb of Tabiry)


Height x width: 9.9 x 6.1 cm (3 7/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



Amulets of the head of the fertility goddess Hathor were popular items in both Egyptian and Nubian burials. This elaborate openwork amulet of blue glazed faience takes the form of a plaque. On the front, the goddess appears frontally, with her characteristic cow’s ears and horns. Her headdress incorporates a shrine, similar to those seen on Hathor-headed sistra. She is flanked by a pair of uraeii, one in the red crown of Lower Egypt and the other in the white crown of Upper Egypt. Beneath each cobra is the sacred eye of Horus (wedjat). The groups sits atop the hieroglyphic sign for gold. There is a ring at the top for stringing.


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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition