Necklace with amulets

Napatan Period
about 623–568 B.C.

Findspot: Sudan, Meroe, Beg. S.85


Legacy dimensions: a) length: .023 m; b) length: .011m; c) height: .015 m; d) height: .015 m; e) diameter approximately .088 m

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Electrum, stone

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Necklaces and neck bands

Electrum wire (e) with electrum sheet spread-wing human-headed bird (Ba bird) (a), pale yellow stone Wedjat eye (b), electrum sheet vulture with elaborate plummage (c), and headless vulture with plain plummage (d).
One of many amulets mounted together taken from the mummy of Princess Mernua. Cut from sheet electrum, with suspention hook in back, incised details.


Findspot Information: From Beg. S. 85, Princess Mernua (Found on neck of mummy) [Excav. date] March, 1923

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition